What does nation mean?

Definitions for nation
ˈneɪ ʃənna·tion

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.]

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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  1. nation

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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 »

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How to say nation in sign language?

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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. David Mabuza:

    You taught young women across the nation that they are just as capable, if not more capable, of standing shoulder to shoulder with men and being totally unapologetic about it, till death, you knew who your enemy was : racial domination, class exploitation, gender oppression.

  2. Saul Anuzis:

    He's a hyper-fast moving type of guy, when he sits across from you and says,' I'm making a commitment and I'm asking you to make a commitment,' -- he's not benefiting from it financially or politically in any way -- I think that's a pretty powerful selling tool to have.' Keep the Promises This summer, Toby Neugebauer stepped back from day-to-day operations and was replaced primarily by David Barton, a Texas operative with deep ties to the nation's pastors. Tom Patrick, Tom Patrick, said Tom Patrick hadn't heard from Toby Neugebauer in months. Like David Barton, the three groups tied to the three anchor families all have religious tones. Keep the Promise III, backed solely by $ 15 million from Texas fracking giants Farris and Dan Wilks, is breaking through in digital organizing via Promise III Reigniting the Promise project, with a months-old Facebook page that has quickly earned more than 350,000 likes. Conservative Solutions Project is advised by Jon Francis, a Dan Wilks family member and the manager of their philanthropic giving, along with a coterie of anti-abortion activists from a group called Online for Life, who have no prior experience in partisan politics. Keep the Promise I, funded by Long Island billionaire Robert Mercer and helmed by Kellyanne Conway, a well-regarded GOP political operative, is focusing a $ 1 million radio campaign on Christian channels in Iowa, where Ted Cruz is increasingly polling well. The $ 11 million group is also diversifying its portfolio and hiring organizers in the states. Steve King, an Iowa political operative and son of powerful Rep. Steve King, is leading a growing field team in the Hawkeye State, and there are plans to staff up in South Carolina as well to supplement the official campaign field team -- which South Carolina's bumping into on the trail.

  3. Tim Tebow:

    Over the last three years ESPN and the 'SEC Nation' crew have become like family, i love the passion that SEC fans bring to our set every Saturday morning and I look forward to continuing to share my own love of the game with fans on ESPN and SEC Network.

  4. Mmusi Maimane:

    I had to endure a barrage of racial insults. What you've got to do is to steel your back and carry on, i recognize that they wanted to do everything in their power to win, to a point when you recognize it's a tactical thing to divide the nation along racial lines.

  5. Jeh Johnson:

    The cyber threat to our country is going to get worse before it gets better, bad cyber actors — whether they’re nation states, cyber criminals, hacktivists, those who engage in ransomware — are increasingly aggressive, tenacious and ingenious.

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