national

adjective
na·​tion·​al | \ ˈnash-nəl How to pronounce national (audio) , ˈna-shə-nᵊl\

Definition of national

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to a nation national boundaries the national flag
3 : comprising or characteristic of a nationality his national accent was plainly audible— Elinor Wylie
4 : belonging to or maintained by the federal government the National Museum of American History
5 : of, relating to, or being a coalition (see coalition sense 2) government formed by most or all major political parties usually in a crisis

national

noun

Definition of national (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one that owes allegiance to or is under the protection of a nation without regard to the more formal status of citizen or subject
2 : a competition that is national in scope usually used in plural

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Other Words from national

Adjective

nationally adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for national

Synonyms: Adjective

civil, public

Synonyms: Noun

citizen, freeman, subject

Antonyms: Adjective

nonnational

Antonyms: Noun

alien, noncitizen

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Noun

citizen, subject, national mean a person owing allegiance to and entitled to the protection of a sovereign state. citizen is preferred for one owing allegiance to a state in which sovereign power is retained by the people and sharing in the political rights of those people. the rights of a free citizen subject implies allegiance to a personal sovereign such as a monarch. the king's subjects national designates one who may claim the protection of a state and applies especially to one living or traveling outside that state. American nationals working in the Middle East

Examples of national in a Sentence

Adjective

She won the national championship last year. His test scores were higher than the national average. Doing well in the Olympics is a matter of national pride. Baseball is called America's national pastime. The game was shown on national television. Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. the National Museum of Art

Noun

She's a Mexican national now working in the United States. The U.S. Nationals will be held in New York City this year.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The stadium is scheduled to host Super Bowl LVI in 2022, the college football national championship in 2023 and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2028 Summer Olympics. Los Angeles Times, "Taylor Swift to star in SoFi Stadium’s grand opening next July," 17 Sep. 2019 In its playoff predictor, ESPN gives Ohio State a 44 percent chance to make the playoff and a 8 percent chance to win the national championship. Stephen Means, cleveland.com, "Ohio State football considered playoff team in ESPN’s recent bowl projections: Buckeye Breakfast," 17 Sep. 2019 Don't overthink things: Clemson remains the team to beat in the chase for the national championship. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Clemson remains team to beat for the national championship," 16 Sep. 2019 Herbstreit insisted the Knights had prematurely celebrated winning a national championship after finishing as the only undefeated team during the 2017 season and needed more sustained success along with wins over quality opponents. Iliana Limón Romero, orlandosentinel.com, "Herbstreit: UCF a team ‘nation really needs to start to pay attention to’," 16 Sep. 2019 Also included are performance incentives, such as a $400,000 bonus for winning the national championship, boosting his compensation to $1.175 million last season. Gene Wang, courant.com, "Virginia’s Tony Bennett turns down pay raise, instead pledges $500,000 to career program," 16 Sep. 2019 The national team in the last World Cup in 2015 was 74% white. The Economist, "Chester Williams stood against South African rugby’s racism," 16 Sep. 2019 The winning streak includes five SEC championship games and the CFP national-championship game for the 2017 season. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Alabama at South Carolina by the numbers: Tide feasts on East," 14 Sep. 2019 Since a four-team playoff for the national championship was adopted prior to the 2014 season, the Pac-12 has only qualified a team for the semifinals twice and the lone victory on that big stage was by Oregon nearly five years ago. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: CU Buffs’ bad home loss to Air Force reminds us Pac-12 football is bad football," 14 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Last season, Piotrowski was the 4A indoor track 800-meter state champion, qualified for nationals in the mile and finished 11th at the cross country state championships. Jacob Calvin Meyer, baltimoresun.com, "River Hill boys, Broadneck girls cross country teams win Howard County Invitational," 14 Sep. 2019 To attract Chinese tourists, Morocco waived visa requirements in 2016 for Chinese nationals traveling 90 days or less. Youyou Zhou, Quartz Africa, "Why Chinese are traveling to Africa, and why Africans are traveling to China," 10 Sep. 2019 Working out with them really helped with my training for nationals. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Hollywood teenager’s success at USLA U19 National Championship earns Team USA berth," 29 Aug. 2019 Aasen competed in the Maryland Senior Olympics and medaled in the 400, 800, 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000-meter events to qualify for nationals in 2017. Megan Woodward, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Fitness: Yvonne Aasen is ‘an inspiration to keep on running'," 23 July 2019 Looking forward At the state level, the Kiwasi prototype received the AT&T Home Technology, Smart Homes Appliances Award, in addition to qualifying for nationals. Stefanie Valentic, cleveland.com, "Inventive young Brunswick sisters shine at national showcase," 26 June 2019 Many of the trapshooters will compete later this month at the state SCTP championships and some will also travel to Marengo, Ohio for the nationals in July. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Southeastern Wisconsin youth trapshooters keep busting targets and breaking records," 8 June 2019 Iraq has yet to repatriate tens of thousands of its citizens, and other governments are evacuating their nationals at a trickle. Souad Mekhennet, Washington Post, "At a sprawling tent camp in Syria, ISIS women impose a brutal rule," 3 Sep. 2019 Most arrested were Nigerian nationals who allegedly preyed primarily on elderly victims, with low tech offers to send money. Jamie Yuccas, CBS News, "80 indicted in online fraud scheme that stole millions," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of national

Adjective

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of national was in 1580

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national

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of national

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to an entire nation or country
: owned and controlled or operated by a national government

national

noun

English Language Learners Definition of national (Entry 2 of 2)

formal : a person who is a citizen of a country
: competitions in which people or teams from all areas of a country compete

national

adjective
na·​tion·​al | \ ˈna-shə-nᵊl How to pronounce national (audio) \

Kids Definition of national

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to an entire country a national anthem the national news

Other Words from national

nationally adverb

national

noun

Kids Definition of national (Entry 2 of 2)

: a citizen of a particular country

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