Definition of subnation in English:

subnation

noun

  • 1A large group or region within a nation, especially one having a distinct ethnic or cultural identity; a subdivision of a nation.

  • 2A large group or region not quite having the qualities or status of a nation; a nation regarded as secondary or inferior.

Origin

Early 18th century. From sub- + nation. Compare subnational.

Pronunciation

subnation

/ˈsʌbˌneɪʃn/