What does nation mean?

Definitions for nationˈneɪ ʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word nation.

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"

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nation

    nā′shun, n. a body of people born of the same stock: the people inhabiting the same country, or under the same government: a race: a great number: a division of students in a university for voting purposes at Aberdeen and Glasgow. [Fr.,—L. nation-em,—nasci, natus, to be born.]

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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

Anagrams for nation »

  1. Anoint

  2. Tonian

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nation in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Woodrow Wilson:

    The nation's honor is dearer than the nation's comfort; yes, than the nation's life itself.

  2. Leah Daughtry:

    Our nation is a nation of immigrants that believes in being inclusive, and that’s exactly what we will continue to work toward, the voices of our nation’s brave undocumented youth will be heard loud and clear.

  3. Ben Shelly:

    This is a good law. It gives the Navajo Nation the opportunity to exercise tribal jurisdiction in a lot of these criminal cases, we will continue to work with the federal government and the U.S. Attorney's Office when it comes to capital crimes committed on the Navajo Nation.

  4. Adam Smith:

    To found a great empire for the sole purpose of raising up a people of customers, may at first sight appear a project fit only for a nation of shopkeepers. It is, however, a project altogether unfit for a nation of shopkeepers, but extremely fit for a nation that is governed by shopkeepers.

  5. Barack Obama:

    We are a nation built on the rule of law and so we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury's to make, we need to recognize that the situation in Ferguson speaks to broader challenges that we still face as a nation. The fact remains that in too many parts of this country a deep distrust exists between police and communities of color.

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