What does nationality mean?

Definitions for nationalityˌnæʃ əˈnæl ɪ ti

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word nationality.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. nationality(noun)

    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. nationality(noun)

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


  1. Nationality(n.)

    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.

  2. Origin: [Cf. F. nationalit.]


  1. nationality(Noun)

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

  2. nationality(Noun)

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

  3. nationality(Noun)

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

  4. nationality(Noun)

    Political existence, independence or unity as a national entity.

  5. nationality(Noun)

    Nationalism or patriotism.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nationality(noun)

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

  2. Nationality(noun)

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

  3. Nationality(noun)

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

  4. Nationality(noun)

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

  5. Nationality(noun)

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

  6. Origin: [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.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager:

    It is not a question of nationality, it is a question of behaviour.

  2. Brendan Behan:

    Other people have a nationality. The Irish and the Jews have a psychosis.

  3. Clemente Rodriguez Moreno:

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

  4. Mayor Eberhard van der Laan:

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

  5. Tom Jawetz:

    Barring refugees based on nationality raises serious questions regarding national origin discrimination and sets a dangerous precedent.

Images & Illustrations of nationality

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Translations for nationality

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • جنسيةArabic
  • нацыяна́льнасць, грамадзя́нстваBelarusian
  • национа́лност, гражда́нствоBulgarian
  • národnost, občanství, občané, obyvatelé, charakter, národníCzech
  • Nationalität, StaatsangehGerman
  • εθνικότητα, ιθαγένειαGreek
  • nacionalidadSpanish
  • ملیتPersian
  • kansakunta, kansa, kansallisuus, olemassaolo, kansallinen, kansalaisuusFinnish
  • nationalitéFrench
  • राष्ट्रीयताHindi
  • nasyonaliteHaitian Creole
  • nemzetiség, nemzet, állampolgárságHungarian
  • ազգությունArmenian
  • kebangsaanIndonesian
  • nazionalitàItalian
  • 国籍Japanese
  • សញ្ជាតិKhmer
  • 국적Korean
  • nationisLatin
  • volksaard, nationaliteit, natie, volk, staatsburgerschapDutch
  • nasjonalitetNorwegian
  • narodowośćPolish
  • nacionalidadePortuguese
  • naționalitateRomanian
  • наро́д, наро́дность, на́ция, национа́льность, э́тнос, пле́мя, гражда́нство, НациональностьRussian
  • nationalitetSwedish
  • uraya, utaifaSwahili
  • สัญชาติThai
  • milliyetTurkish
  • люд, наро́д, наро́дність, на́ція, незале́жність, громадя́нство, націона́льність, самості́йність, пле́м'я, автоно́мія, е́тносUkrainian
  • quốc tịchVietnamese
  • 国籍Chinese

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