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nationality

[nash-uh-nal-i-tee] /ˌnæʃ əˈnæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural nationalities for 1, 2, 5, 6.
1.
the status of belonging to a particular nation, whether by birth or naturalization:
the nationality of an immigrant.
2.
the relationship of property, holdings, etc., to a particular nation, or to one or more of its members:
the nationality of a ship.
4.
existence as a distinct nation; national independence:
a small colony that has just achieved nationality.
5.
a nation or people:
the nationalities of the Americas.
6.
a national quality or character:
Nationalities tend to submerge and disappear in a metropolis.
Origin of nationality
1685-1695
First recorded in 1685-95; national + -ity
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  • They at least will understand that scholarship knows no nationality.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus Wilton Wallace Blancke
  • "Don't even know her name or nationality," he confessed to himself after a while.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • He once had been friendly with all his intelligent neighbors, no matter what their nationality.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • The problems of nationality are wrapped up in the problems of personality.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • But the simple measure of nationality is severely natural and elemental.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
British Dictionary definitions for nationality

nationality

/ˌnæʃəˈnælɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the state or fact of being a citizen of a particular nation
2.
a body of people sharing common descent, history, language, etc; a nation
3.
a national group: 30 different nationalities are found in this city
4.
national character or quality
5.
the state or fact of being a nation; national status
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Word Origin and History for nationality
n.

1690s, "national quality," from national + -ity (in some usages perhaps from French nationalité. As "fact of belonging to or being a citizen of a particular state," from 1828, gradually shading into "race, ethnicity." Meaning "separate existence as a nation" is recorded from 1832. Related: Nationalities.

But I do love a country that loves itself. I love a country that insists on its own nationality which is the same thing as a person's insisting on his own personality. [Robert Frost, letter, April 21, 1919]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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