nation-state

[ ney-shuh n-steyt ]
/ ˈneɪ ʃənˌsteɪt /

noun

a sovereign state inhabited by a relatively homogeneous group of people who share a feeling of common nationality.

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Origin of nation-state

First recorded in 1915–20
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British Dictionary definitions for nation-state

nation-state

noun

an independent state inhabited by all the people of one nation and one nation only
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