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na·tion

 (nā′shən)
n.
1.
a. A relatively large group of people organized under a single, usually independent government; a country.
b. The territory occupied by such a group of people: All across the nation, people are voting their representatives out.
2. The government of a sovereign state.
3. A people who share common customs, origins, history, and frequently language; a nationality: "Historically the Ukrainians are an ancient nation which has persisted and survived through terrible calamity" (Robert Conquest).
4.
a. A federation or tribe, especially one composed of Native Americans.
b. The territory occupied by such a federation or tribe.

[Middle English nacioun, from Old French nation, from Latin nātiō, nātiōn-, from nātus, past participle of nāscī, to be born; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]

na′tion·hood′ n.
na′tion·less adj.

nation

(ˈneɪʃən)
n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) an aggregation of people or peoples of one or more cultures, races, etc, organized into a single state: the Australian nation.
2. (Sociology) a community of persons not constituting a state but bound by common descent, language, history, etc: the French-Canadian nation.
3. (Sociology)
a. a federation of tribes, esp American Indians
b. the territory occupied by such a federation
[C13: via Old French from Latin nātiō birth, tribe, from nascī to be born]
ˈnationˌhood n
ˈnationless adj

na•tion

(ˈneɪ ʃən)

n.
1. a 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.
2. the territory or country itself.
3.
a. an American Indian people or tribe.
b. a member tribe of an American Indian confederation.
4. a people having the same ethnic ancestry, history, and culture, often speaking the same language.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Latin nātiō birth, people, nation]
na′tion•hood`, n.
na′tion•less, adj.

Na•tion

(ˈneɪ ʃən)

n.
Carry or Carrie (Amelia Moore), 1846–1911, U.S. temperance leader.
country, nation - Both came into English c. 1330 and tend to be used interchangeably.  Country comes from Latin contrata (terra), "the landscape in front of one, the landscape lying opposite to the view." Nation is from Latin nation-/natio, "race, class of person."
See also related terms for country.

nation

, country - A nation is made up of states—and a country is a nation defined geographically.
See also related terms for states.

Nation

 inhabitants of a country; a community of men or animals; the people of the earth, collectively, 1667. See also people, race.
Examples: nation of field and wood, 1733; of hedges and copses, 1726; of herbs, 1768; of sea, 1697; of unfortunate birds, 1590.

nation

You use nation to refer to a country, together with its social and political structures.

These policies require cooperation between the world's industrialized nations.

You can also use nation to mean the people who live in a country.

He asked the nation to be patient.

Nation can also to refer to a group of people who are part of the same linguistic or historical group, even if they are not politically independent.

We studied the traditions and culture of the Great Sioux Nation.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'nation' simply to refer to a place. Don't say, for example, 'What nation do you come from?' When you are referring to a place, use country, not 'nation'.

There are over a hundred edible species growing in this country.
Have you any plans to leave the country in the next few days?
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nation - a politically organized body of people under a single governmentnation - a politically organized body of people under a single government; "the state has elected a new president"; "African nations"; "students who had come to the nation's capitol"; "the country's largest manufacturer"; "an industrialized land"
commonwealth country - any of the countries in the British Commonwealth
developing country - a country that is poor and whose citizens are mostly agricultural workers but that wants to become more advanced socially and economically
Dominion - one of the self-governing nations in the British Commonwealth
estate of the realm, the three estates, estate - a major social class or order of persons regarded collectively as part of the body politic of the country (especially in the United Kingdom) and formerly possessing distinct political rights
foreign country - any state of which one is not a citizen; "working in a foreign country takes a bit of getting used to"
Reich - the German state
renegade state, rogue nation, rogue state - a state that does not respect other states in its international actions
suzerain - a state exercising a degree of dominion over a dependent state especially in its foreign affairs
sea power - a nation that possesses formidable naval strength
great power, major power, superpower, world power, power - a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world
city state, city-state - a state consisting of a sovereign city
ally - a friendly nation
political entity, political unit - a unit with political responsibilities
2.nation - the people who live in a nation or countrynation - the people who live in a nation or country; "a statement that sums up the nation's mood"; "the news was announced to the nation"; "the whole country worshipped him"
people - (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively; "old people"; "there were at least 200 people in the audience"
national, subject - a person who owes allegiance to that nation; "a monarch has a duty to his subjects"
Dutch, Dutch people - the people of the Netherlands; "the Dutch are famous for their tulips"
British, British people, Brits - the people of Great Britain
English people, English - the people of England
Irish, Irish people - people of Ireland or of Irish extraction
French people, French - the people of France
Spanish people, Spanish - the people of Spain
Swiss, Swiss people - the natives or inhabitants of Switzerland
3.Nation - United States prohibitionist who raided saloons and destroyed bottles of liquor with a hatchet (1846-1911)
4.nation - a federation of tribes (especially Native American tribes); "the Shawnee nation"
federation of tribes, tribe - a federation (as of American Indians)
confederacy, confederation, federation - a union of political organizations
U.S.A., United States, United States of America, US, USA, America, the States, U.S. - North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776

nation

noun
1. country, state, nation state, power, land, federation, commonwealth, kingdom, realm, superpower, confederation, sovereign state, polity Such policies would require unprecedented cooperation between nations.
2. public, people, community, society, population, populace, body politic It was a story that touched the nation's heart.
Quotations
"For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom" Bible: St. Matthew
"No nation is fit to sit in judgement upon any other nation" [Woodrow Wilson speech]
"A nation is the same people living in the same place" [James Joyce Ulysses]

nation

noun
An organized geopolitical unit:
Translations
أُمَّةٌأمَّهشَعْب، دَوْلَهوطن
národnárodnost
nationbefolkningfolk
nacio
kansakansakunta
nacija
nemzet
òjóîþjóð
国民
국가
karinė prievolėnacijanacionalinės nepriklausomybės siekimasnacionalinisnacionalistas
nācijapavalstniekitautavalsts
národ
naroddržava
nation
ประเทศ
ulusmilletetnik gruphalk
quốc gia

nation

[ˈneɪʃən]
A. N (Pol) → nación f; (= people) → pueblo m, nación f
B. CPD Nation of Islam N (US) → Nación f del Islam

nation

[ˈneɪʃən] n
nation f
the nation (= the people of this country) → la nation

nation

nVolk nt; (= people of one country)Nation f; people of all nationsMenschen aller Nationen; the voice of the nationdie Stimme des Volkes; in the service of the nationim Dienste des Volkes; to address the nationzum Volk sprechen; the whole nation watched him do itdas ganze Land sah ihm dabei zu; the Sioux nationdie Siouxindianer pl, → das Volk der Sioux(indianer)

nation

[ˈneɪʃn] nnazione f

nation

(ˈneiʃən) noun
1. a group of people living in a particular country, forming a single political and economic unit.
2. a large number of people who share the same history, ancestors, culture etc (whether or not they all live in the same country). the Jewish nation.
national (ˈnӕʃənəl) adjective
of or belonging to a particular nation. national government; national pride.
ˈnationally adverb
ˈnationalism (ˈnӕ-) noun
1. a sense of pride in the history, culture, achievements etc of one's nation.
2. the desire to bring the people of one's nation together under their own government.
ˈnationalist (ˈnӕ-) noun
ˌnationaˈlistic adjective
nationality (nӕʃəˈnӕləti) plural natioˈnalities noun
(the state of belonging to) a particular nation. `What nationality are you?' `I'm German'; You can see (people of) many nationalities in London.
ˈnationalize, ˈnationalise (ˈnӕ-) verb
to make (especially an industry) the property of the nation as a whole rather than the property of an individual.
ˌnationaliˈzation, ˌnationaliˈsation noun
national anthem
a nation's official song or hymn.
national service
in some countries, a period of compulsory service in the armed forces.
ˌnation-ˈwide adjective, adverb
(happening etc) throughout the whole nation. a nation-wide broadcast; They travelled nation-wide.

nation

أُمَّةٌ národ nation Nation έθνος nación kansakunta nation nacija nazione 国民 국가 natie nasjon naród nação народ nation ประเทศ ulus quốc gia 国家
References in classic literature ?
Letters, manuscripts, books, and bundles can be passed in there, and as each nation has a key, it will be uncommonly nice, I fancy.
You have the incli- nation to be alone and to dream and you are afraid of dreams.
Cleric had explained to us that `patria' here meant, not a nation or even a province, but the little rural neighbourhood on the Mincio where the poet was born.
As each nation of the Indians had its language or its dialect, they usually gave different names to the same places, though nearly all of their appellations were descriptive of the object.
The children have come from their schools, and the grown people from their workshops and their fields, on purpose to be happy, for, to-day, a new man is beginning to rule over them; and so -- as has been the custom of mankind ever since a nation was first gathered -- they make merry and rejoice: as if a good and golden year were at length to pass over the poor old world
If hereafter any highly cultured, poetical nation shall lure back to their birth-right, the merry May-day gods of old; and livingly enthrone them again in the now egotistical sky; in the now unhaunted hill; then be sure, exalted to Jove's high seat, the great Sperm Whale shall lord it.
This jail was a Noah's ark of the city's crime--there were murderers, "hold-up men" and burglars, embezzlers, counterfeiters and forgers, bigamists, "shoplifters," "confidence men," petty thieves and pickpockets, gamblers and procurers, brawlers, beggars, tramps and drunkards; they were black and white, old and young, Americans and natives of every nation under the sun.
In other words, when a sixth of the population of a nation which has undertaken to be the refuge of liberty are slaves, and a whole country is unjustly overrun and conquered by a foreign army, and subjected to military law, I think that it is not too soon for honest men to rebel and revolutionize.
And that way the nation is moving, and I may say that mankind progress from east to west.
That the executive head of a nation should be a person of lofty character and extraordinary ability, was manifest and indisputable; that none but the Deity could select that head unerr- ingly, was also manifest and indisputable; that the Deity ought to make that selection, then, was likewise manifest and indisputable; consequently, that He does make it, as claimed, was an unavoidable deduction.
Thus will this latter, as the former World, Still tend from bad to worse, till God at last Wearied with their iniquities, withdraw His presence from among them, and avert His holy Eyes; resolving from thenceforth To leave them to thir own polluted wayes; And one peculiar Nation to select From all the rest, of whom to be invok'd, A Nation from one faithful man to spring: Him on this side EUPHRATES yet residing, Bred up in Idol-worship; O that men (Canst thou believe?
When we came near that coast, and began to rejoice at the prospect of ease and refreshment, we were on the sudden alarmed with the sight of a squadron of ships, of what nation we could not at first distinguish, but soon discovered that they were three English and three Dutch, and were preparing to attack us.