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. Steve Scalise:

    This bill takes a bipartisan approach to re-opening the closed portions of the federal government. It pairs the border security investment that our nation needs with additional immigration measures that both Democrat and Republican members of Congress believe are necessary. Unlike the bills that have come from the House over the past few weeks, this proposal could actually resolve this impasse. It has the full support of The President and could be signed into law to quickly reopen the government. the time for political games has long passed. Democrats must put their personal dislike of The President aside, end their obstruction, and finally come to the negotiating table. Its time Democrats do what is right for the functioning and security of our nation and agree to a deal that opens our government, and includes funding for a border wall and other measures to solve this serious immigration crisis at our southern border.

  2. Joe Biden:

    If we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, Donald Trump will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation, who we are and I can not stand by and watch that happen, the core values of this nation, our standing in the world, our very democracy, everything that has made America America's at stake.

  3. William Barr:

    I think our nation was turned on its head for three years, I think, based on a completely bogus narrative that was largely fanned and hyped by an irresponsible press.

  4. President Barack Obama:

    While America's combat mission in Afghanistan may be over, our commitment to Afghanistan and and its people endures, as commander in chief, I will not allow Afghanistan to be used as a safe haven for terrorists to attack our nation again.

  5. Mark Rank:

    One Nation, Underprivileged: Why American Poverty Affects Us All. we focus a lot of time on ... inner-city, minority groups living in dilapidated housing as an image of poverty in this country.

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