Dictionary.com

national debt

Save This Word!

noun
the financial obligations of a national government resulting from deficit spending.
QUIZ
GOOSES. GEESES. I WANT THIS QUIZ ON PLURAL NOUNS!
Test how much you really know about regular and irregular plural nouns with this quiz.
Question 1 of 9
Which of the following nouns has an irregular plural form?
Also called public debt.

Origin of national debt

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use national debt in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for national debt

national debt

noun
the total outstanding borrowings of a nation's central governmentAlso called (esp US): public debt
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Cultural definitions for national debt

national debt

The debt of the government; the amount of borrowing by the government to meet expenditures exceeding tax revenues.

notes for national debt

A large national debt can inhibit growth and drive up interest rates.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
FEEDBACK