Definition of nation in English:

nation

noun

  • 1A large aggregate of people united by common descent, history, culture, or language, inhabiting a particular country or territory.

    ‘leading industrialized nations’
    • ‘We are an Army at war, serving a nation at war.’
    • ‘For the first time in financial history, a major debtor nation owes its debt in its own currency.’
    • ‘The leading industrialised nations need to embark upon emergency transition strategy to renewable energy.’
    • ‘In fact, you could argue that sanctions make rogue nations more hostile and more dangerous.’
    • ‘Developing nations do not have the resources to accomplish this on their own.’
    • ‘What was it Napoleon said about the British being a nation of shopkeepers?’
    • ‘We all know that the United States became the wealthiest nation on earth.’
    • ‘But the fledgling nation is facing a range of challenges.’
    • ‘Thousands of plants and animals on the African island nation of Madagascar are found nowhere else in the world.’
    • ‘Could the search for medicinal plants help keep the forests of this African island nation intact?’
    • ‘Even other advanced industrialized nations don't compare with the U.S. in this flexibility.’
    • ‘The surge of nationalistic solidarity sweeping the nation led his neighbors to strike their regionalist colors.’
    • ‘We, the richest, most powerful nation on the planet, could solve our social problems in a heartbeat.’
    • ‘The World War II memorial was dedicated this weekend in our nation's capital.’
    • ‘The sooner we can distance ourselves from these artificial things known as nations the better.’
    • ‘But how did we become the most powerful and radical nation on the planet?’
    • ‘We are after all talking about the richest, most powerful nation on Earth.’
    • ‘Developed nations across the globe have stockpiled smallpox vaccines.’
    • ‘We cannot allow ourselves to be dependent on other nations, history has taught us that.’
    • ‘Critics acknowledge that some Western European nations have state religions.’
    • ‘Most other industrialized nations privately agree they are necessary but are loath to step forward and be counted.’
    country, state, land, sovereign state, nation state, kingdom, empire, republic, confederation, federation, commonwealth, power, superpower, polity, domain
    fatherland, motherland
    people, race, civilization, tribe, society, community, population, body politic, populace, public
    realm
    res publica
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    1. 1.1 A North American Indian people or confederation of peoples.
      ethnic group, ethnic minority, tribe, clan, race
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Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin natio(n-), from nat- born from the verb nasci.

Pronunciation

nation

/ˈnāSH(ə)n/