- 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.
Origin of nationality
Examples from the Web for nationality
Hossein Darakhshan, born in Tehran on January 7, 1975, has dual Canadian-Iranian nationality.Iran’s Blogfather Walks Free After Six Years in Jail
November 21, 2014
She did, however, choose to surmise that “The nationality of the shooter, it sounds Hispanic, Latino,” based on his name.The Ugliest, Creepiest Responses to the Fort Hood Shooting
April 3, 2014
Is falafel Israeli and can fried chickpeas have a nationality?Watching Anthony Bourdain in Palestine
September 19, 2013
VVD, the biggest party in Dutch government, is even in favor of stripping them of Dutch nationality.Seduced by War, Europeans Join the Fight in Syria
Nadette De Visser
June 11, 2013
The remaining one third of press releases did not include information on the nationality of those caught with drugs.At Mexican Border, Four in Five Drug Busts Involve American Citizens
Andrew Becker, G. W. Schulz, Tia Ghose
March 26, 2013
They at least will understand that scholarship knows no nationality.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
"Don't even know her name or nationality," he confessed to himself after a while.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
He once had been friendly with all his intelligent neighbors, no matter what their nationality.In the Valley
The problems of nationality are wrapped up in the problems of personality.
But the simple measure of nationality is severely natural and elemental.
- 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
Word Origin and History for nationality
1690s, "national quality," from national + -ity (in some usages perhaps from French nationalité. As "fact of belonging to or being a citizen of a particular state," from 1828, gradually shading into "race, ethnicity." Meaning "separate existence as a nation" is recorded from 1832. Related: Nationalities.
But I do love a country that loves itself. I love a country that insists on its own nationality which is the same thing as a person's insisting on his own personality. [Robert Frost, letter, April 21, 1919]