- a large body of people, associated with a particular territory, that is sufficiently conscious of its unity to seek or to possess a government peculiarly its own: The president spoke to the nation about the new tax.
- the territory or country itself: the nations of Central America.
- a member tribe of an American Indian confederation.
- an aggregation of persons of the same ethnic family, often speaking the same language or cognate languages.
Origin of nation
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- Carry or Carrie (Amelia Moore),1846–1911, U.S. temperance leader.
Examples from the Web for nation
If Congress accurately reflected our nation on the basis of race, about 63 percent would be white, not 80 percent.The Unbearable Whiteness of Congress
January 8, 2015
The television networks interrupt their broadcasts to take the nation directly to Selma.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’
January 2, 2015
And besides, as a nation, we hold this truth to be self-evident: resolutions are made to be broken.Forget the Resolutions; Try a Few Declarations
January 1, 2015
The fact that many African Americans fear the police more than our white counterparts says our nation is still a work in progress.
We are a nation in which a few rotten apples are spoiling different barrels.
The Germans use a greater variety of patterns than any other nation.The Story of the Invention of Steel Pens
As the nation develops, it must produce men of high culture.
With the accuracy of his nation, he beamingly replied, "Seeshundredtousand."
No nation has ever before been embarrassed from too large a surplus in its treasury.
They have claims on the magnanimity and, I may add, on the justice of this nation which we must all feel.
- an aggregation of people or peoples of one or more cultures, races, etc, organized into a single statethe Australian nation
- a community of persons not constituting a state but bound by common descent, language, history, etcthe French-Canadian nation
- a federation of tribes, esp American Indians
- the territory occupied by such a federation
Word Origin and History for nation
c.1300, from Old French nacion "birth, rank; descendants, relatives; country, homeland" (12c.) and directly from Latin nationem (nominative natio) "birth, origin; breed, stock, kind, species; race of people, tribe," literally "that which has been born," from natus, past participle of nasci "be born" (Old Latin gnasci; see genus). Political sense has gradually predominated, but earliest English examples inclined toward the racial meaning "large group of people with common ancestry." Older sense preserved in application to North American Indian peoples (1640s). Nation-building first attested 1907 (implied in nation-builder).