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[ nash-uh-nl, nash-nuhl ]


  1. of, relating to, or maintained by a nation as an organized whole or independent political unit:

    national affairs.

  2. owned, preserved, or maintained by the federal government:

    a national wildlife refuge.

  3. peculiar or common to the whole people of a country:

    national customs.

  4. devoted to one's own nation, its interests, etc.; patriotic:

    to stir up national pride.

  5. concerning or encompassing an entire nation:

    a national radio network.

  6. limited to one nation.


  1. a citizen or subject of a particular nation who is entitled to its protection:

    U.S. nationals living abroad.

  2. Often nationals. a national competition, tournament, or the like:

    We're invited to Minneapolis for the nationals.

  3. a national company or organization.



/ ˈnæʃənəl /


  1. of, involving, or relating to a nation as a whole
  2. of, relating to, or characteristic of a particular nation

    the national dress of Poland

  3. rare.
    nationalistic or patriotic


  1. a citizen or subject
  2. a national newspaper



/ ˈnæʃənəl /


  1. the National
    short for the Grand National
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Derived Forms

  • ˈnationally, adverb
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Other Words From

  • nation·al·ly adverb
  • anti·nation·al adjective
  • anti·nation·al·ly adverb
  • non·nation·al adjective noun
  • non·nation·al·ly adverb
  • pre·nation·al adjective
  • pro·nation·al adjective
  • pseudo·nation·al adjective
  • pseudo·nation·al·ly adverb
  • quasi-nation·al adjective
  • quasi-nation·al·ly adverb
  • sub·nation·al adjective
  • un·nation·al adjective
  • un·nation·al·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of national1

First recorded in 1590–1600; nation + -al 1
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Example Sentences

Every year, on opening night, the orchestra, under his instructions, would play the national anthem before the opera began.

Mark Cuban isn’t the first to try to stop playing the national anthemI also note that watching athletes find their voices and draw attention to their passions by kneeling during the anthem has been inspiring.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, 72, first told parliament he was “not familiar with the remarks,” to boos from the opposition, before saying they were “unfavorable to the national interest” but claiming it was not up to him whether Mori resigned.

The NCAA tournament ends with the Final Four on April 3 and the national title game on April 5.

Many of the hosts who followed Limbaugh into national syndication weren’t as skillful or as popular.

The scheme has been condemned by civil liberties groups and queried by the National Association of Head Teachers.

Portraits of Lincoln and Eisenhower were removed from the offices of the Republican National Committee.

Whether he can do it on the national stage is the unanswered question.

We face a lot of problems at this moment in our national and global history.

But the last national figure to wield ancient personal authority in an explicitly religious way was Robert F. Kennedy.

He was long a correspondent of the National Intelligencer and other papers, residing in Virginia.

He has come to believe in such things as old age pensions and national insurance.

I must make no mistake, and blunder into a national type of features, all wrong; if I make your mask, it must do us credit.

Opening of the national assembly of France, after the abdication of Louis Philippe.

The courts in every state must also follow the decisions of the federal courts in all matters of a national character.





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