nation

noun
na·​tion | \ ˈnā-shən How to pronounce nation (audio) \

Definition of nation

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1a(1) : nationality sense 5a three Slav peoples … forged into a Yugoslavia without really fusing into a Yugoslav nation— Hans Kohn
(2) : a politically organized nationality
(3) : a non-Jewish nationality why do the nations conspire — Psalms 2:1 (Revised Standard Version)
b : a community of people composed of one or more nationalities and possessing a more or less defined territory and government Canada is a nation with a written constitution— B. K. Sandwell
c : a territorial division containing a body of people of one or more nationalities and usually characterized by relatively large size and independent status a nation of vast size with a small population— Mary K. Hammond
2 archaic : group, aggregation
3 : a tribe or federation of tribes (as of American Indians) the Seminole Nation in Oklahoma

Nation

biographical name
Na·​tion | \ ˈnā-shən How to pronounce Nation (audio) \

Definition of Nation (Entry 2 of 2)

Car*ry \ ˈker-​ē How to pronounce ˈker-ē (audio) , ˈka-​rē\ Amelia 1846–1911 née Moore American temperance agitator

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Synonyms for nation

Synonyms: Noun

commonwealth, country, land, sovereignty (also sovranty), state

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Examples of nation in a Sentence

Noun

It's one of the richest nations in the world. the largest state in the nation The President will speak to the nation tonight. The entire nation is celebrating the victory.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Communities across the nation are gripped by high unemployment, rising prices and cuts in government spending, triggering street protests. Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post, "Political outsiders head for runoff in Tunisian presidential vote, upsetting establishment," 17 Sep. 2019 In several ways, the observance was an assertion of the nation’s values. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "Citizenship Day Used to Be Called 'I Am an American Day.' Here's How It Came to Be—and Why It Changed," 17 Sep. 2019 Scalise is the only current member of Congress who has been shot while in office and yet, has also been thrust into the ongoing negotiations over how to address the growing number of gun killings in communities across the nation. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Thrust into gun debate, Scalise says being a shooting survivor doesn't mean it's his No. 1 priority," 16 Sep. 2019 Buffalo Bill’s Brewery, one of the nation’s first brewpubs, in Hayward, California, has donated a colorful sidewalk sign, bar stool, menu board and tap handles. Theresa Mcculla, Smithsonian, "Here’s What’s Brewing in the New Smithsonian Beer Collections," 16 Sep. 2019 The union's contract with GM had expired at 12:01 a.m. Sunday but the union's 46,000 members at GM did not walk off the job at 31 GM factories and 21 other facilities across the nation at that time. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Auto workers union says it will strike GM at midnight," 15 Sep. 2019 More than 100 departments across the nation received aid in the first round of grants. Don Stacom, courant.com, "New Britain’s mayor, fire service, EMS thank Sen. Blumenthal for federal aid," 13 Sep. 2019 Salinas has become widely known for her presence at similar right-wing gatherings across the nation. Marina Starleaf Riker, ExpressNews.com, "Far-right groups gain mainstream momentum in crusade against anti-fascist movement," 13 Sep. 2019 In the shadow of the teacher strikes that have swept across the nation over the last few years, several candidates have proposed raising salaries for teachers. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "The Missing Education Questions in the Democratic Debate," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of nation

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for nation

Noun

Middle English nacioun, from Anglo-French naciun, from Latin nation-, natio birth, race, nation, from nasci to be born; akin to Latin gignere to beget — more at kin

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English Language Learners Definition of nation

: a large area of land that is controlled by its own government
: the people who live in a nation
: a tribe of Native Americans or a group of Native American tribes that share the same history, traditions, or language

nation

noun
na·​tion | \ ˈnā-shən How to pronounce nation (audio) \

Kids Definition of nation

1 : country sense 1 China is a nation I'd like to visit.
2 : a community of people made up of one or more nationalities usually with its own territory and government … here is a race that the whole nation is clamoring for …— Walter Farley, The Black Stallion

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