Definitions for nationˈneɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

na•tionˈneɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. a body of people, associated with a particular territory, that is sufficiently conscious of its unity to seek or to possess a government peculiarly its own.

    Category: Government

  2. the territory or country itself.

    Category: Government

  3. an American Indian people or tribe. a member tribe of an American Indian confederation.

    Category: Anthropology

  4. a people having the same ethnic ancestry, history, and culture, often speaking the same language.

Origin of nation:

1250–1300; ME < L nātiō birth, people, nation

na′tion•less(adj.)

Na•tionˈneɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. Carry or Carrie (Amelia Moore), 1846–1911, U.S. temperance leader.

    Category: Biography

Princeton's WordNet

  1. state, nation, country, land, commonwealth, res publica, body politic(noun)

    a politically organized body of people under a single government

    "the state has elected a new president"; "African nations"; "students who had come to the nation's capitol"; "the country's largest manufacturer"; "an industrialized land"

  2. nation, land, country(noun)

    the people who live in a nation or country

    "a statement that sums up the nation's mood"; "the news was announced to the nation"; "the whole country worshipped him"

  3. Nation, Carry Nation, Carry Amelia Moore Nation(noun)

    United States prohibitionist who raided saloons and destroyed bottles of liquor with a hatchet (1846-1911)

  4. nation(noun)

    a federation of tribes (especially Native American tribes)

    "the Shawnee nation"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. nation(noun)ˈneɪ ʃən

    a country, its leaders, or its people

    industrialized nations; a meeting of several African nations; a nation that is tired of war

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nation(noun)

    a part, or division, of the people of the earth, distinguished from the rest by common descent, language, or institutions; a race; a stock

  2. Nation(noun)

    the body of inhabitants of a country, united under an independent government of their own

  3. Nation(noun)

    family; lineage

  4. Nation(noun)

    one of the divisions of university students in a classification according to nativity, formerly common in Europe

  5. Nation(noun)

    one of the four divisions (named from the parts of Scotland) in which students were classified according to their nativity

  6. Nation(noun)

    a great number; a great deal; -- by way of emphasis; as, a nation of herbs

Freebase

  1. Nation

    Nation may refer to a community of people who share a common language, culture, ethnicity, descent, or history. However, it can also refer to people who share a common territory and government irrespective of their ethnic make-up; that is, a nation state. The word nation can more specifically refer to people of North American Indians. Nation carries varying meanings, and the connotation of the term has changed over time. The idea of a nation is a social reality that we have used to organize history. As Benedict Anderson argues in his book Imagined Communities, the nation is an imagined political community. It is imagined because the members of even the smallest nation will never know most of their fellow-members, yet in the minds of each lives the image of their communion. Furthermore, it is a community because regardless of the actual inequality or exploitation that may exist in it, the nation is always conceived as a deep, horizontal comradeship. This is not to say that the concept is false, rather it was simply imaged and created by humans, and it is not something that necessarily exists in nature.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nation' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2338

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nation' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3511

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nation' in Nouns Frequency: #562


Translations for nation

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

nation(noun)

a group of people living in a particular country, forming a single political and economic unit.

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