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.

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  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  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. Hamid Baeidinejad:

    UK Govt's extension of diplomatic protection to Ms Zaghari contravenes int'l law. Govts may only exercise such protection for own nationals, as (the) UK Govt is acutely aware, Iran does not recognize dual nationality. Irrespective of UK residency, Ms Zaghari thus remains Iranian.

  2. Mayor Eberhard van der Laan:

    I personally would never give up my British nationality in the circumstances we are now in.

  3. 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.

  4. Brandon Garic Notch:

    As soon as you are born, you're given a name, a religion, a nationality and a race. You spend the rest of your life defining and defending a fictional identity.

  5. Todd Allen:

    You have taught me that we are not bound together solely by our nationality, language, religion, culture, race, social or economic status, we are bound by our humanity.

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Translations for nationality

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  • 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

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