What does nationality mean?

Definitions for nationality
ˌnæʃ əˈnæl ɪ tina·tion·al·i·ty

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word nationality.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. nationalitynoun

    people having common origins or traditions and often comprising a nation

    "immigrants of the same nationality often seek each other out"; "such images define their sense of nationality"

  2. nationalitynoun

    the status of belonging to a particular nation by birth or naturalization


  1. Nationalitynoun

    The state or quality of belonging to or being connected with a nation or government by nativity, character, ownership, allegiance, etc.; as, to record one's nationality on identification papers; the Soviet Union had citizens of many nationalities.


  1. nationalitynoun

    Membership of a particular nation or state, by origin, birth, naturalization, ownership, allegiance or otherwise.

  2. nationalitynoun

    National, i.e. ethnic and/or cultural, character or identity.

  3. nationalitynoun

    A people sharing a common origin, culture and/or language, and possibly constituting a nation-state.

  4. nationalitynoun

    Political existence, independence or unity as a national entity.

  5. nationalitynoun

    Nationalism or patriotism.


  1. Nationality

    Nationality refers to the legal or official status of belonging to a particular country or nation, usually based on one's birthplace, ancestry, or naturalization. It defines an individual's membership in a specific nation-state and represents their allegiance and civic ties to that country. Nationality carries various rights, obligations, and privileges, such as the right to vote, access to public services, and protection by the laws of that nation. It is an essential component of one's identity and can often play a significant role in determining an individual's legal and social status within their country and when traveling abroad.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nationalitynoun

    the quality of being national, or strongly attached to one's own nation; patriotism

  2. Nationalitynoun

    the sum of the qualities which distinguish a nation; national character

  3. Nationalitynoun

    a race or people, as determined by common language and character, and not by political bias or divisions; a nation

  4. Nationalitynoun

    existence as a distinct or individual nation; national unity and integrity

  5. Nationalitynoun

    the state or quality of belonging to or being connected with a nation or government by nativity, character, ownership, allegiance, etc

  6. Etymology: [Cf. F. nationalit.]


  1. Nationality

    Nationality is the legal relationship between a person and a nation state. Nationality normally confers some protection of the person by the state, and some obligations on the person towards the state. What these rights and duties are vary from country to country. It differs technically and legally from citizenship, although in most modern countries all nationals are citizens of the state and all citizens are nationals of the state. Nationality affords the state jurisdiction over the person and affords the person the protection of the state. The most common distinguishing feature of citizenship is that citizens have the right to participate in the political life of the state, such as by voting or standing for election. The term national can include both citizens and non-citizens. By custom, it is the right of each state to determine who its nationals are. Such determinations are part of nationality law. In some cases, determinations of nationality are also governed by public international law—for example, by treaties on statelessness and the European Convention on Nationality. In English, the same word is used in the sense of an ethnic group. This meaning of nationality is not defined by political borders or passport ownership and includes nations that lack an independent state.

Editors Contribution

  1. nationality

    The official register of place of birth and the right given by birth to reside in a specific country or nation and the official right to citizenship defined in the legislation of every form of unity assembly, unity council, unity legislature, unity senate, unity house of representatives, unity government, local unity government, regional unity government, national unity government, european unity government and international unity government..

    Our nationality relates to the country or nation we are born in.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 23, 2020  

Matched Categories

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nationality' in Nouns Frequency: #3008

How to pronounce nationality?

How to say nationality in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nationality in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nationality in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of nationality in a Sentence

  1. Alexis de Tocqueville:

    The Union was formed by the voluntary agreement of the states; and these, in uniting together, have not forfeited their nationality, nor have they been reduced to the condition of one and the same people. If one of the states chooses to withdraw from the compact, it would be difficult to disapprove its right of doing so, and the Federal Government would have no means of maintaining its claims directly either by force or right.

  2. Donald Clarke:

    The only way the hockey players could become Chinese citizens is to become naturalized, and under China's nationality law, they need to renounce their foreign citizenship.

  3. Harriet Beecher Stowe:

    The literature of a people must so ring from the sense of its nationality; and nationality is impossible without self-respect, and self-respect is impossible without liberty.

  4. Isabella Castrogiovanni:

    If you can't prove your nationality, it means you can't get legal documentation, can't cross borders legally, can't enjoy any other basic rights that citizens of a country are entitled too, so the consequences are obviously huge.

  5. Clemente Rodriguez Moreno:

    It doesn't matter what country we're in, what nationality we are, pain is pain.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for nationality

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • جنسيةArabic
  • нацыяна́льнасць, грамадзя́нстваBelarusian
  • гражда́нство, национа́лностBulgarian
  • obyvatelé, národní, národnost, občanství, charakter, občanéCzech
  • Nationalität, StaatsangehGerman
  • ιθαγένεια, εθνικότηταGreek
  • nacionalidadSpanish
  • ملیتPersian
  • kansallinen, olemassaolo, kansallisuus, kansakunta, kansa, kansalaisuusFinnish
  • nationalitéFrench
  • राष्ट्रीयताHindi
  • nasyonaliteHaitian Creole
  • állampolgárság, nemzetiség, nemzetHungarian
  • ազգությունArmenian
  • kebangsaanIndonesian
  • nazionalitàItalian
  • 国籍Japanese
  • សញ្ជាតិKhmer
  • 국적Korean
  • nationisLatin
  • staatsburgerschap, volk, natie, volksaard, nationaliteitDutch
  • nasjonalitetNorwegian
  • narodowośćPolish
  • nacionalidadePortuguese
  • naționalitateRomanian
  • наро́дность, пле́мя, наро́д, гражда́нство, Национальность, национа́льность, э́тнос, на́цияRussian
  • nationalitetSwedish
  • uraya, utaifaSwahili
  • สัญชาติThai
  • milliyetTurkish
  • самості́йність, е́тнос, автоно́мія, пле́м'я, націона́льність, громадя́нство, незале́жність, на́ція, наро́дність, наро́д, людUkrainian
  • قومیتUrdu
  • quốc tịchVietnamese
  • 国籍Chinese

Get even more translations for nationality »


Find a translation for the nationality definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"nationality." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 24 May 2024. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/nationality>.

Discuss these nationality definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for nationality? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Image or illustration of


    Credit »

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net


    Are you a words master?

    a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it
    A ravening
    B adscripted
    C occlusive
    D ultimo

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for nationality: