Definition of nationality
1 : national character the nationality of Ireland is in her songs and in her stories, and in her chronicles and in her tradition — W. B. Yeats
2 : nationalism 1
3a : national status; specifically : a legal relationship involving allegiance on the part of an individual and usually protection on the part of the state nationality bestowed by birthb : membership in a particular nation Vietnamese nationality
4 : political independence or existence as a separate nation
5a : a people having a common origin, tradition, and language and capable of forming or actually constituting a nation-state The diverse nationalities of the Austro-Hungarian Empire desired independence.b : an ethnic group constituting one element of a larger unit (such as a nation) The country is home to five nationalities.
Examples of nationality in a Sentence
The country is home to five nationalities and seven languages.
people of all races and nationalities
She's American, but her parents are of Japanese nationality.
He has held French nationality for the past 20 years.
The university has students of over 50 nationalities.
Recent Examples of nationality from the Web
No matter what your view of the situation is, this is at least a good opportunity to talk about assumptions surrounding ethnicity and nationality.
The United States has long adhered to international law allowing people to seek asylum if they are being persecuted because of their race, religion, nationality, political beliefs or other factors.
His own neighborhood is a place where all types, of many nationalities, hang out in the park and cheer on his team.
There were people of all nationalities: Hondurans, Salvadorans, Guatemalans, some from Nepal, India, who were being prostituted–children between the ages of 13 and 15 were being prostituted.
Louisville, like many other cities, has a healthy melting pot of nationalities.
But a law banning dual nationality in most cases and requiring new Austrian citizens to relinquish their old passports upon naturalization may be punishing the wrong person.
One was identified as French-Gabonese, and the other's nationality had not been confirmed.
Days later, he was taken to ICE's LaSalle Detention Facility in Jena, Louisiana, where Sanchez, who is not a U.S. citizen but declined to discuss his immigration status or nationality, sat in a cell, waiting to be deported.
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First Known Use of nationality
NATIONALITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nationality for English Language Learners
: a group of people who share the same history, traditions, and language, and who usually live together in a particular country
: the fact or status of being a member or citizen of a particular nation
NATIONALITY Defined for Kids
Definition of nationality for Students
1 : the fact or state of belonging to a particular country
2 : the state of being a separate country
3 : a group of people having a common history, tradition, culture, or language
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