Definition of national government in English:

national government


  • A coalition government, especially one subordinating party differences to the national interest in a time of crisis, as in Britain under Ramsay MacDonald in 1931–5.

    • ‘Smuts and the South African Party were brought into a national government that presided over a period of rapid economic expansion.’
    • ‘He is indifferent to the implications of what amounts to a de facto national government.’
    • ‘The Congress-led national government has stepped in to try to quell anger and concern over the tragedy.’
    • ‘He does not head a national government but is openly relying on other parties to drive support for the war through parliament.’