Definition of nationhood in US English:

nationhood

noun

  • The fact or status of being a nation; national identity or independence.

    ‘the day on which we celebrate our nationhood as New Zealanders’
    • ‘Canada's first steps toward nationhood in the nineteenth century followed more than 100 years of political conflict between French and English colonists.’
    • ‘The formalisation of Australian nationhood occurred relatively late.’
    • ‘The culture is still based around tribal and family ties, making the idea of nationhood difficult.’
    • ‘In the course of the struggle of our forefathers to achieve nationhood for us, they gave testimony to their national loyalty by sacrificing their lives for us.’
    • ‘In the capital, people celebrated their impending nationhood after decades of struggle and strife.’
    • ‘There is a sense in which nationhood is forged and reproduced through the standardisation of currency, weights, measures and education.’
    • ‘The Vietnamese celebrated nationhood by changing one important name in their homeland.’
    • ‘The flag is a symbol of our nationhood.’
    • ‘Independent nationhood has not come easily for East Timor.’
    • ‘Symbols of nationhood include the national flag, a full golden moon on a blue background, and the national anthem.’
    • ‘The party believes that Indian nationhood stems from a deep cultural bonding of the people which overrides differences of caste, region, religion and language.’
    • ‘No institution has done more to build a sense of Scottish culture, identity and nationhood over the past generation.’
    • ‘Bavaria retains a strong sense of nationhood and rich local traditions.’
    • ‘These settlements provide the opportunity for Maori New Zealanders to move forward with all others in the spirit of shared nationhood.’
    • ‘Creating a sense of common nationhood has been a task consciously undertaken by American leaders over the years.’
    • ‘The concept of nationhood is, I think, inherently bound up with the concept of national defense.’

Pronunciation

nationhood

/ˈneɪʃ(ə)nˌhʊd//ˈnāSH(ə)nˌho͝od/