[ ney-shuh n ]
/ ˈneɪ ʃən /
a large body of people, associated with a particular territory, that is sufficiently conscious of its unity to seek or to possess a government peculiarly its own: The president spoke to the nation about the new tax.
the territory or country itself: the nations of Central America.
a member tribe of an American Indian confederation.
an aggregation of persons of the same ethnic family, often speaking the same language or cognate languages.
Origin of nation
1250–1300; Middle English < Latin nātiōn- (stem of nātiō) birth, tribe, equivalent to nāt(us) (past participle of nāscī to be born) + -iōn- -ion
SYNONYMS FOR nation
1 See race2.
2 state, commonwealth, kingdom, realm.
OTHER WORDS FROM nation
na·tion·hood, nounna·tion·less, adjectivein·ter·na·tion, adjectivemin·i·na·tion, noun
Words nearby nation
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Example sentences from the Web for nationless
The men of his golden age are no longer tribeless and nationless.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle|H. N. Brailsford
British Dictionary definitions for nationless
/ (ˈneɪʃən) /
an aggregation of people or peoples of one or more cultures, races, etc, organized into a single statethe Australian nation
a community of persons not constituting a state but bound by common descent, language, history, etcthe French-Canadian nation
- a federation of tribes, esp American Indians
- the territory occupied by such a federation
Derived forms of nationnationhood, nounnationless, adjective
Word Origin for nation
C13: via Old French from Latin nātiō birth, tribe, from nascī to be born
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