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nationality

[ nash-uh-nal-i-tee ]
/ ˌnæʃ əˈnæl ɪ ti /
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noun, plural na·tion·al·i·ties for 1, 2, 5, 6.

the status of belonging to a particular nation, whether by birth or naturalization: the nationality of an immigrant.
the relationship of property, holdings, etc., to a particular nation, or to one or more of its members: the nationality of a ship.
existence as a distinct nation; national independence: a small colony that has just achieved nationality.
a nation or people: the nationalities of the Americas.
a national quality or character: Nationalities tend to submerge and disappear in a metropolis.

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Origin of nationality

First recorded in 1685–95; national + -ity
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British Dictionary definitions for nationality

nationality
/ (ˌnæʃəˈnælɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the state or fact of being a citizen of a particular nation
a body of people sharing common descent, history, language, etc; a nation
a national group30 different nationalities are found in this city
national character or quality
the state or fact of being a nation; national status
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