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nation, country - A nation is made up of states—and a country is a nation defined geographically.
Nationinhabitants of a country; a community of men or animals; the people of the earth, collectively, 1667. See also people, race.
You use nation to refer to a country, together with its social and political structures.
You can also use nation to mean the people who live in a country.
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.
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'.
|Noun||1.||nation - 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
ally - a friendly nation
|2.||nation - 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"
|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"|
"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]