Definition of nationality in US English:


nounPlural nationalities

  • 1The status of belonging to a particular nation.

    ‘they changed their nationality and became Lebanese’
    • ‘It means hatred against any group of persons defined by reference to colour, race, nationality (including citizenship) or ethnic or national origins.’
    • ‘At that time the Race Relations Act did not outlaw discrimination on grounds of nationality but only national origin.’
    • ‘Differential treatment of persons for nationality and immigration purposes cannot therefore in itself be unacceptable under international law.’
    • ‘The former will prohibit any discrimination based on gender, contracted workers' status, nationality, disability and old-school ties.’
    • ‘Personal identities such as race, religion, sexuality, nationality and gender are personal and complex matters.’
    • ‘The existing oath of allegiance for people seeking British nationality is to be changed to a citizenship pledge.’
    • ‘The government's legislation was unlawful because it discriminated ‘on the ground of nationality or immigration status,’ he said.’
    • ‘All are male and belong to the titular nationality of their country, therefore gender and ethnicity were not considered in any depth.’
    • ‘The cadres of this organisation do not belong to any single nationality or ethnic group.’
    • ‘The notion that language equals nationality and therefore personal identity is foolish.’
    • ‘They can be obtained to show that administrative orders and notices are invalid, or exempt from taxation, or for confirming matters of marital status and nationality.’
    • ‘Firstly, fascism discriminates between enterprises and families according to whether they belong to the favoured nationality.’
    • ‘It was not suggested that Sikhs were a group defined by colour, race, nationality or national origins and the argument turned entirely upon whether they were a group defined by ethnic origins.’
    • ‘That was the reason it slipped in there, because otherwise we would have had to take people of British nationality as our free citizens.’
    • ‘There are all sorts of arguments about whether people automatically get nationality or whether the new State has complete discretion over these issues and so on.’
    • ‘I will not permit considerations of gender, race, religion, political affiliation, sexual orientation, nationality, or social standing to influence my duty of care.’
    • ‘When he was charged the media seemed a bit shy of mentioning his nationality or immigration status.’
    • ‘Classes can be defined by almost any characteristic, such as income, hair color, age, nationality, or sexual habits.’
    • ‘It sets out both countries' duties to re-admit their own citizens, and identifies how nationality will be determined if it is disputed.’
    • ‘They belong to everyone without distinction as to sex, marital status, race or nationality.’
    • ‘You will never be mistaken as belonging to another nationality or religion.’
    • ‘His nationality gave him minority status among even the minorities, and, as such, he believed, was never given due respect for his military knowledge.’
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    1. 1.1archaic Distinctive national or ethnic character.
      ‘the change of a name does not discard nationality’
  • 2An ethnic group forming a part of one or more political nations.

    ‘all the main nationalities of Ethiopia’
    • ‘Jababeka is home to over 150,000 people from various ethnic groups and nationalities.’
    • ‘In the Middle Ages, groups and nationalities that were not ethnically Hungarian lived in the nation.’
    • ‘Union Day is usually celebrated with sporting competitions among the ethnic nationalities.’
    • ‘Of course there are conflicts between races and ethnicities and nationalities, call them what you will.’
    • ‘Non-representative incarceration of distinct ethnic groups or nationalities.’
    • ‘It should be obvious that the diverse ethnic groups and nationalities that call themselves Muslims are not of one mind.’
    • ‘It has made colleagues of staff from different nationalities, cultures, ethnic backgrounds and religions.’
    • ‘There are no races, nationalities, politics or religions in this Auditorium.’
    • ‘Historically, their campuses have been hybrids of ethnic cultures and nationalities.’
    • ‘The French banlieu includes people of varied ethnic backgrounds and nationalities.’
    • ‘All nationalities joined in as we marched up the main thoroughfare.’
    • ‘So you don't get some of the problems of people from mixed ethnic backgrounds and nationalities being pushed in together.’
    • ‘Australia became a land of many ethnic groups and nationalities.’
    • ‘Most of my friends are of different ethnicities, religions and nationalities.’
    • ‘The Han nationality is the main nationality and Hans are distributed all over the country, in addition to there being 56 minority nationalities.’
    • ‘They travelled around the Caucasus more than the other nationalities and were the main commercial traders.’
    • ‘Dozens of other ethnic nationalities make up the remaining 8 percent.’
    • ‘His account is a moving testimony to the men of all nationalities, ethnicities and classes who built the railways.’
    • ‘This is a country which is composed of all sorts of sects, religion, nationalities and ethnic minorities.’
    • ‘The Korean people are one of the world's most ethnically homogeneous nationalities.’
    ethnic group, ethnic minority, tribe, clan, race, nation
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