What does Nation mean?

Definitions for Nation
ˈneɪ ʃənNa·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. state, nation, country, land, commonwealth, res publica, body politicnoun

    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, countrynoun

    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 Nationnoun

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

  4. nationnoun

    a federation of tribes (especially Native American tribes)

    "the Shawnee nation"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nationnoun

    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. Nationnoun

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

  3. Nationnoun

    family; lineage

  4. Nationnoun

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

  5. Nationnoun

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

  6. Nationnoun

    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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. nation

    A group of people with a unity government and unity governmental structure and legislation.

    The nation agreed on a national unity government.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 3, 2020  

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Nation

    An Americanism for “damnation.”

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

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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

Examples of Nation in a Sentence

  1. Joe Votel:

    That is the seminal event that caused us to really focus on developing the capabilities, developing the organizations, developing the command control structure and developing an organization that was focused on conducting missions of great importance to our nation, we recognized that we could not allow ourselves, allow our country, to fall into that situation again.

  2. Joe Biden:

    We will make sure the will of the people is heard ; that the ballot prevails, not violence ; that authority of this nation will always be peacefully transferred.

  3. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    The Buddhist is like a Communist who believes in a stateless theory while identifying with his own nation.

  4. Bill Lee:

    We need to make sure that our kids recognize that this country is moving toward a more perfect union, that we should teach the exceptionalism of our nation and how people can live together and work together to make a greater nation, and to not teach things that inherently divide or pit either Americans against Americans or people groups against people groups.

  5. Bernice King:

    We are one people, one nation, one blood, one destiny. ... All of civilization and humanity originated from the soils of Africa, our collective voice in this hour must always be louder than the one who sometimes does not reflect the legacy of my father.

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