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national

[ nash-uh-nl, nash-nuh l ]
/ ˈnæʃ ə nl, ˈnæʃ nəl /
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Origin of national

First recorded in 1590–1600; nation + -al1
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Can be confusedfederal national
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British Dictionary definitions for national (1 of 2)

national

/ (ˈnæʃənəl) /

adjective

of, involving, or relating to a nation as a whole
of, relating to, or characteristic of a particular nationthe national dress of Poland
rare nationalistic or patriotic

noun

a citizen or subject
a national newspaper
Derived Formsnationally, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for national (2 of 2)

National

/ (ˈnæʃənəl) /

noun

the National short for the Grand National
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Word Origin and History for national

national


adj.

1590s, from Middle French national (from Old French nation), and also from nation + -al (1). As a noun, "citizen of a (particular) nation," from 1887. National anthem first recorded 1819, in Shelley. Related: Nationally.

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