[ney-shuh n-hoo d]


the state or quality of having status as a separate and independent nation: an African colony that achieved nationhood.

Origin of nationhood

First recorded in 1840–50; nation + -hood Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nationhood

Historical Examples of nationhood

  • Nationhood is, then, essentially a psychological conception.

    The Group Mind

    William McDougall

  • If we fail to do our part nobly the whole fabric of nationhood will fall.

    The Affable Stranger

    Peter McArthur

  • The colonies have come to be nations, very jealous of their nationhood.

  • He formulated the demand for Irish nationhood with clearness and precision.

    Ireland Since Parnell

    Daniel Desmond Sheehan

  • It is also derived from the fact of nationhood, but from the achievement of nationhood at the other end of history.

Word Origin and History for nationhood

1840, from nation + -hood.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper