Definitions for Nationalityˌnæʃ əˈnæl ɪ ti

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

na•tion•al•i•ty*ˌnæʃ əˈnæl ɪ ti(n.)(pl.)-ties

  1. the status of belonging to a particular nation, whether by birth or naturalization.

    Category: Government

  2. Category: Government

    Ref: nationalism.

  3. existence as a distinct nation.

    Category: Government

  4. a nation or people.

    Category: Government

  5. national quality or character.

    Category: Government

* for 1,2,5,6 ..

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nationality(noun)

    people having common origins or traditions and often comprising a nation

    "immigrants of the same nationality often seek each other out"; "such images define their sense of nationality"

  2. nationality(noun)

    the status of belonging to a particular nation by birth or naturalization

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. nationality(noun)ˌnæʃ əˈnæl ɪ ti

    the status of being a legal citizen of a country

    a list of authors, organized by nationality; laws dealing with nationality

  2. nationalityˌnæʃ əˈnæl ɪ ti

    a group of people from a particular country

    a school in which more than 70 nationalities are represented


  1. nationality(Noun)

    Membership of a particular nation or state, by origin, birth, naturalization, ownership, allegiance or otherwise.

  2. nationality(Noun)

    National, i.e. ethnic and/or cultural, character or identity.

  3. nationality(Noun)

    A people sharing a common origin, culture and/or language, and possibly constituting a nation-state.

  4. nationality(Noun)

    Political existence, independence or unity as a national entity.

  5. nationality(Noun)

    Nationalism or patriotism.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nationality(noun)

    the quality of being national, or strongly attached to one's own nation; patriotism

  2. Nationality(noun)

    the sum of the qualities which distinguish a nation; national character

  3. Nationality(noun)

    a race or people, as determined by common language and character, and not by political bias or divisions; a nation

  4. Nationality(noun)

    existence as a distinct or individual nation; national unity and integrity

  5. Nationality(noun)

    the state or quality of belonging to or being connected with a nation or government by nativity, character, ownership, allegiance, etc


  1. Nationality

    Nationality is the legal relationship between a person and a nation state. Nationality normally confers some protection of the person by the state, and some obligations on the person towards the state. What these rights and duties are vary from country to country. It differs technically and legally from citizenship, although in most modern countries all nationals are citizens of the state and all citizens are nationals of the state. Nationality affords the state jurisdiction over the person and affords the person the protection of the state. The most common distinguishing feature of citizenship is that citizens have the right to participate in the political life of the state, such as by voting or standing for election. The term national can include both citizens and non-citizens. By custom, it is the right of each state to determine who its nationals are. Such determinations are part of nationality law. In some cases, determinations of nationality are also governed by public international law—for example, by treaties on statelessness and the European Convention on Nationality. In English, the same word is used in the sense of an ethnic group. This meaning of nationality is not defined by political borders or passport ownership and includes nations that lack an independent state.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Nationality' in Nouns Frequency: #3008

Translations for Nationality

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(the state of belonging to) a particular nation

`What nationality are you?' `I'm German'; You can see (people of) many nationalities in London.

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