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 (năsh′ə-nəl, năsh′nəl)
a. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a nation: a national anthem.
b. Of or relating to nationality: their national origin.
2. Of or maintained by the government of a nation: a national landmark.
3. Devoted to one's own nation or its interests; patriotic.
1. A citizen of a particular nation: a British national.
2. often nationals A contest or tournament involving participants from all parts of a nation.

na′tion·al·ly adv.


1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) of, involving, or relating to a nation as a whole
2. of, relating to, or characteristic of a particular nation: the national dress of Poland.
3. rare nationalistic or patriotic
4. a citizen or subject
5. (Journalism & Publishing) a national newspaper
ˈnationally adv


(Horse Racing) the National short for the Grand National


(ˈnæʃ ə nl, ˈnæʃ nəl)

1. of, pertaining to, or belonging to a nation: our national anthem; national affairs.
2. peculiar or common to the people of a nation: national customs.
3. devoted to one's own nation, its interests, etc.; patriotic: national pride.
4. a citizen or subject of a particular nation who is entitled to its protection.
5. Often, nationals. a national competition, tournament, or the like.
6. a national company or organization.
na′tion•al•ly, adv.


1. 'national'

National is used to describe something that belongs to or is typical of a particular country or nation.

...the national economy.
...changes in the national diet.
2. 'nationalist'

Nationalist is usually a noun. A nationalist is someone who tries to obtain political independence for his or her country.

...Basque nationalists.

You can also use nationalist as an adjective to describe people, movements, or ideas.

Nationalist leaders demanded the extension of democratic rights.
...the nationalist movements of French West Africa.
3. 'nationalistic'

If someone is very proud of their country and thinks it is better than other countries, you can say that they or their views are nationalistic. This word is always used to indicate disapproval of someone's views. attempt to arouse nationalistic passions against the foreigner.
4. 'patriotic'

Normally, if someone is proud of their country, you say that they or their feelings are patriotic. This word is usually used to indicate approval of someone's feelings. earnest wish to enlist the patriotic spirit of the nation.
I believe that this is the only way that an ordinary person can inspire others to be patriotic.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.national - a person who owes allegiance to that nationnational - a person who owes allegiance to that nation; "a monarch has a duty to his subjects"
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
nation, country, land - 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"
citizen - a native or naturalized member of a state or other political community
compatriot - a person from your own country
nationalist, patriot - one who loves and defends his or her country
Adj.1.national - of or relating to or belonging to a nation or country; "national hero"; "national anthem"; "a national landmark"
2.national - limited to or in the interests of a particular nation; "national interests"; "isolationism is a strictly national policy"
domestic - of concern to or concerning the internal affairs of a nation; "domestic issues such as tax rate and highway construction"
international - concerning or belonging to all or at least two or more nations; "international affairs"; "an international agreement"; "international waters"
3.national - concerned with or applicable to or belonging to an entire nation or country; "the national government"; "national elections"; "of national concern"; "the national highway system"; "national forests"
local - relating to or applicable to or concerned with the administration of a city or town or district rather than a larger area; "local taxes"; "local authorities"
4.national - owned or maintained for the public by the national government; "national parks"
public - not private; open to or concerning the people as a whole; "the public good"; "public libraries"; "public funds"; "public parks"; "a public scandal"; "public gardens"; "performers and members of royal families are public figures"
5.national - inside the country; "the British Home Office has broader responsibilities than the United States Department of the Interior"; "the nation's internal politics"
domestic - of concern to or concerning the internal affairs of a nation; "domestic issues such as tax rate and highway construction"
6.national - characteristic of or peculiar to the people of a nation; "a national trait"
7.national - of or relating to nationality; "national origin"


1. nationwide, state, public, federal, civil, widespread, governmental, countrywide major national and international issues
2. ethnic, social, native, racial, indigenous, tribal the national characteristics and history of the country
1. citizen, subject, resident, native, inhabitant He is in fact a British national and passport holder.


1. Of, concerning, or affecting the community or the people:
2. Of, from, or within a country's own territory:
A person owing loyalty to and entitled to the protection of a given state:
قَومي، وَطَنيقَوّمِيٌّوطني
thuộc quốc gia


1. (= of one nation) → nacional
2. (= nationwide) [newspaper, economy] → nacional; [election, campaign] → a nivel nacional
the national averagela media nacional
B. N
1. (= person) → ciudadano/a m/f
2. (= newspaper) → periódico m nacional
C. CPD National Aeronautics and Space Administration N (US) → NASA f
national anthem Nhimno m nacional
National Assistance N (Brit) (formerly) subsidio (al necesitado)
national bank N (state-owned) → banco m nacional, banco m estatal (US) (commercial) banco que forma parte del Sistema de Reservas Federal
national costume Ntraje m típico nacional
National Curriculum N (Brit) plan de estudios oficial que se sigue en las escuelas de enseñanza pública de Inglaterra y País de Gales
national debt Ndeuda f pública
national dress N = national costume the National Front N (Brit) → el Frente Nacional (británico) (partido político de extrema derecha e ideología racista)
national government Ngobierno m nacional
national grid Nred f eléctrica nacional
the National Guard (US) Nla Guardia Nacional
the National Health (Service) N (Brit) servicio de asistencia pública sanitaria
to have an operation done on the National Health (Service)operarse por la Seguridad Social or el Seguro
national heritage Npatrimonio m nacional
National Insurance N (Brit) → Seguridad f Social
National Insurance contributionscotizaciones fpl a la Seguridad Social, aportes mpl a la Seguridad Social (S. Cone)
National Insurance numbernúmero m de la Seguridad Social
the National Lottery N (Brit) → la lotería primitiva
national monument Nmonumento m nacional
national park Nparque m nacional
National Savings (Bank) N (Brit) → caja f postal de ahorros
National Savings Certificate N (Brit) → bono m del Estado
national security Nseguridad f nacional
the National Security Council N (US) → el Consejo para la Seguridad Nacional
national service N (Mil) → servicio m militar
to do (one's) national servicehacer el servicio militar, hacer la mili
National Socialism Nnacionalsocialismo m
the National Trust N (Brit) → la Dirección General del Patrimonio Nacional
La National Guard (Guardia Nacional) es una organización estadounidense que recluta voluntarios no profesionales a los que se prepara para colaborar con el ejército profesional y las fuerzas aéreas en tiempos de crisis. Los requisitos para alistarse son los mismos que para el ejército normal y, aunque su preparación la dirige el gobierno federal, sus miembros pueden ser movilizados para ayudar en situaciones de emergencia, catástrofes naturales y el control de situaciones excepcionales de violencia civil. Los miembros de la National Guard tienen que prestar juramento de fidelidad a los EE.UU. y al estado al que pertenecen.
El National Trust es una organización benéfica británica que se dedica a la conservación de lugares del patrimonio histórico-artístico o de parajes naturales. Se financia a través de donaciones, aportaciones de los socios, y dinero procedente de la venta de entradas, souvenirs y de las cafeterías o restaurantes que suele haber en muchos de estos lugares.


He's the national champion → C'est le champion national.
The international community has a tendency to define national interests too narrowly → La communauté internationale a tendance à adopter une définition trop étroite de l'intérêt national.
Baseball is our national game → Le base-ball est notre sport national.
the national newspapers → les journaux nationaux
the national elections → les élections législatives
n (= citizen) → ressortissant(e) m/f
Many of the workers were foreign nationals → La plupart des travailleurs étaient des ressortissants étrangers.
the rights of European nationals → les droits des ressortissants européensnational anthem nhymne m nationalnational costume ncostume m nationalNational Curriculum n (British)programme m d'enseignement obligatoirenational curriculum n (British) En Angleterre et au pays de Galles, programme national définissant le contenu de l'enseignement dans les écoles primaires et secondaires.national debt ndette f publiquenational dress ncostume m national
in national dress → en costume nationalNational Front n (British) parti britannique d'extrême-droitenational grid n (British) (ELECTRICITY, ELECTRONICS)réseau m nationalNational Guard n (US)garde f nationale (milice de volontaires)National Health n
to get sth on the National Health
I got it on the National Health → Ça m'a été remboursé par la sécu.National Health Service n (British)Sécurité f sociale
the National Health Service → la Sécurité sociale
on the National Health Service → avec prise en charge par la Sécurité socialeNational Insurance n (British)Sécurité f socialeNational Insurance contributions npl (British)cotisations fpl de Sécurité socialeNational Insurance number n (British)numéro m de Sécurité sociale


adjnational; problem, affairs alsodas (ganze) Land betreffend, des Landes, des Staates; electionnational, landesweit; strike, scandallandesweit; (= not local) agreement, radio station, press etcüberregional; the national averageder Landesdurchschnitt; national characterNationalcharakter m; national colours (Brit) or colors (US) → Landesfarben pl; national defence (Brit) or defense (US) → Landesverteidigung f; national economyVolkswirtschaft f; national languageLandessprache f; national monumentnationales Denkmal, Nationaldenkmal nt; national newsInlandsnachrichten pl; national statusLandeszugehörigkeit f; national strip (Brit) or jersey (US)) ((Sport) → Nationaltrikot nt; national teamNationalmannschaft f
(= person)Staatsbürger(in) m(f); foreign nationalAusländer(in) m(f); Commonwealth nationalsAngehörige pldes Commonwealth
(inf: = newspaper) → überregionale Zeitung
(Sport) = Grand National


national anthem
national assistance
nSozialhilfe f
national bank
national costume, national dress


national debt
national dish
national flag
nNational- or Landesflagge f
National Front
n (Brit) rechtsradikale Partei
national government
nnationale Regierung; (in Germany) → Bundesregierung f; (= coalition government)˜ Große Koalition
National Guard
n (esp US) → Nationalgarde f
National Guardsman
n (US) → Mitglied ntder Nationalgarde
National Health
adj attr˜ Kassen-; national patient˜ Kassenpatient(in) m(f)
National Health (Service)
n (Brit) → staatlicher Gesundheitsdienst; I got it on the national˜ das hat die Krankenkasse bezahlt
national holiday
National Hunt racing
n (Brit Horseracing) → Hindernisrennen nt
national income
nVolkseinkommen nt
national insurance
n (Brit) → Sozialversicherung f; national contributionsSozialversicherungsbeiträge pl; national benefitsArbeitslosen- und Krankengeld nt


National League
n (US Sport) eine der beiden bedeutendsten US-Baseballligen
National Lottery
n (Brit) → ˜ Lotto nt


national park
nNationalpark m
National Rifle Association
n (US) amerikanische Organisation, die das Recht der Bürger auf freien Kauf und Besitz von Waffen verteidigt
National Savings
pl (Brit) → ˜ Postsparkasse f
national savings certificate
n (Brit) festverzinsliches öffentliches Sparpapier
national security
National Security Council
national service
nWehrdienst m
National Socialism
National Socialist
nNationalsozialist(in) m(f)
National Trust
n (Brit) → National Trust m, Natur- und Denkmalschutzverein in Großbritannien; national property (= building)Gebäude ntim Besitz des National Trust; (= estate)Gelände ntim Besitz des National Trust


1. adjnazionale
national news → notizie fpl dall'interno
national press → stampa (a diffusione) nazionale
2. ncittadino/a


(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.


قَوّمِيٌّ národní national national εθνικός nacional kansallinen national nacionalan nazionale 国民の 국가적인 nationaal nasjonal narodowy nacional национальный nationell ประจำชาติ ulusal thuộc quốc gia 国家的
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The eventual election, again, is to be made by that branch of the legislature which consists of the national representatives; but in this particular act they are to be thrown into the form of individual delegations, from so many distinct and coequal bodies politic.
So far the national countenance of the government on this side seems to be disfigured by a few federal features.
Among a people consolidated into one nation, this supremacy is completely vested in the national legislature.
In requiring more than a majority, and particularly in computing the proportion by STATES, not by CITIZENS, it departs from the NATIONAL and advances towards the FEDERAL character; in rendering the concurrence of less than the whole number of States sufficient, it loses again the FEDERAL and partakes of the NATIONAL character.
Because when once an efficient national government is established, the best men in the country will not only consent to serve, but also will generally be appointed to manage it; for, although town or country, or other contracted influence, may place men in State assemblies, or senates, or courts of justice, or executive departments, yet more general and extensive reputation for talents and other qualifications will be necessary to recommend men to offices under the national government, -- especially as it will have the widest field for choice, and never experience that want of proper persons which is not uncommon in some of the States.
Because, under the national government, treaties and articles of treaties, as well as the laws of nations, will always be expounded in one sense and executed in the same manner, -- whereas, adjudications on the same points and questions, in thirteen States, or in three or four confederacies, will not always accord or be consistent; and that, as well from the variety of independent courts and judges appointed by different and independent governments, as from the different local laws and interests which may affect and influence them.
Because the prospect of present loss or advantage may often tempt the governing party in one or two States to swerve from good faith and justice; but those temptations, not reaching the other States, and consequently having little or no influence on the national government, the temptation will be fruitless, and good faith and justice be preserved.
But the national government, not being affected by those local circumstances, will neither be induced to commit the wrong themselves, nor want power or inclination to prevent or punish its commission by others.
But not only fewer just causes of war will be given by the national government, but it will also be more in their power to accommodate and settle them amicably.
The colorful National Convention Business Sessions--from the red, white and blue of the opening ceremonies to the rainbow of colors of the National Order of Trench Rats robes to the brightly colored lights of the concluding presentation of National Officers--were filled with stirring moments of patriotism and vital information on the future for disabled veterans.
Sierra Health is bucking the trend of the national economy, said Giancursio.
In efforts to improve these disparaging statistics regarding the national anthem, MTNA has joined forces with the National Association for Music Education (MENC) and other organizations to promote "The National Anthem Project: Restoring America's Voice.

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