nation

[ney-shuhn]
noun
1.
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.
2.
the territory or country itself: the nations of Central America.
3.
a member tribe of an American Indian confederation.
4.
an aggregation of persons of the same ethnic family, often speaking the same language or cognate languages.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English < Latin nātiōn- (stem of nātiō) birth, tribe, equivalent to nāt(us) (past participle of nāscī to be born) + -iōn- -ion

nationhood, noun
nationless, adjective
internation, adjective
minination, noun
supernation, noun


1. See race2. 2. state, commonwealth, kingdom, realm.
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Nation

[ney-shuhn]
noun
Carry or Carrie (Amelia Moore) 1846–1911, U.S. temperance leader.
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nation (ˈneɪʃən)
 
n
1.  an aggregation of people or peoples of one or more cultures, races, etc, organized into a single state: the Australian nation
2.  a community of persons not constituting a state but bound by common descent, language, history, etc: the French-Canadian nation
3.  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]
 
'nationhood
 
n
 
'nationless
 
adj

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nation
c.1300, from O.Fr. nacion, from L. nationem (nom. natio) "nation, stock, race," lit. "that which has been born," from natus, pp. of nasci "be born" (Old L. gnasci; see genus). Political sense has gradually taken over from racial meaning "large group of people with common ancestry."
Older sense preserved in application to N.Amer. Indian peoples (1640s). Nation-building first attested 1907 (implied in nation-builder).
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Example sentences for Nation
The finest of the nation she threw into dungeons or drove into exile.
Mentioned in the sonic youth song trilogy from the album daydream nation.
Spiritual authority to me and secular to him, over the nation free and united.
Breach of trust how the warren commission failed the nation and why.
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