[ nash-uh-nl, nash-nuh l ]
/ ˈnæʃ ə nl, ˈnæʃ nəl /
of, relating to, or maintained by a nation as an organized whole or independent political unit: national affairs.
owned, preserved, or maintained by the federal government: a national wildlife refuge.
peculiar or common to the whole people of a country: national customs.
devoted to one's own nation, its interests, etc.; patriotic: to stir up national pride.
a citizen or subject of a particular nation who is entitled to its protection: U.S. nationals living abroad.
Often nationals. a national competition, tournament, or the like: We're invited to Minneapolis for the nationals.
a national company or organization.
na·tion·al·ly, adverban·ti·na·tion·al, adjectivean·ti·na·tion·al·ly, adverbnon·na·tion·al, adjective, noun
non·na·tion·al·ly, adverbpre·na·tion·al, adjectivepro·na·tion·al, adjectivepseu·do·na·tion·al, adjectivepseu·do·na·tion·al·ly, adverbqua·si-na·tion·al, adjectivequa·si-na·tion·al·ly, adverbsub·na·tion·al, adjectiveun·na·tion·al, adjectiveun·na·tion·al·ly, adverb
Can be confusedfederal national
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British Dictionary definitions for subnational (1 of 2)
/ (ˈnæʃənəl) /
of, involving, or relating to a nation as a whole
of, relating to, or characteristic of a particular nationthe national dress of Poland
rare nationalistic or patriotic
a citizen or subject
a national newspaper
Derived Formsnationally, adverb
British Dictionary definitions for subnational (2 of 2)
/ (ˈnæʃənəl) /
the National short for the Grand National
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Word Origin and History for subnational
1590s, from Middle French national (from Old French nation), and also from nation + -al (1). As a noun, "citizen of a (particular) nation," from 1887. National anthem first recorded 1819, in Shelley. Related: Nationally.
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