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[ nash-uh-nal-i-tee ]


, plural na·tion·al·i·ties
  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.

  3. existence as a distinct nation; national independence:

    a small colony that has just achieved nationality.

  4. a nation or people:

    the nationalities of the Americas.

  5. a national quality or character:

    Nationalities tend to submerge and disappear in a metropolis.


/ ˌnæʃəˈnælɪtɪ /


  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 History and Origins

Origin of nationality1

First recorded in 1685–95; national + -ity

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Example Sentences

People seem intuitively to understand that the virus doesn’t respect identity or nationality, that it is a symptom of a larger, transnational condition.

The United Nations estimates that perhaps more than 10 million people throughout the world are stateless — meaning they have no true nationality and are citizens of nowhere.

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Participants who had positive feelings about people of other races, nationalities, and ethnicities estimated cities in Mexico and Canada as being closer than those who held negative or neutral feelings.

When we look at everyone’s nationalities, it becomes clear that we’re all more similar in how we experience loneliness than we might expect.

They may even unintentionally favor players of certain nationalities, races, ages or backgrounds.

Hossein Darakhshan, born in Tehran on January 7, 1975, has dual Canadian-Iranian nationality.

She did, however, choose to surmise that “The nationality of the shooter, it sounds Hispanic, Latino,” based on his name.

Is falafel Israeli and can fried chickpeas have a nationality?

VVD, the biggest party in Dutch government, is even in favor of stripping them of Dutch nationality.

Israel is guilty of blurring the line between nationality and faith, too.

It was a fatal error, for though the Spanish people might despise their King, they were intensely proud of their nationality.

Foreign families of neutral nationality sought more tranquil asylum far beyond the suburbs or on ships lying in the harbour.

An American woman therefore who marries an alien takes the nationality of her husband.

But if he was unconcerned as to family descent, he was far from indifferent as to nationality.

They have no nationality, and are officially described as “Filipinos under the protection of the United States.”


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