[ 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.
Words nearby nation
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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020
British Dictionary definitions for supernation
/ (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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012