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nation

[ney-shuh n] /ˈneɪ ʃən/
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
1250-1300; Middle English < Latin nātiōn- (stem of nātiō) birth, tribe, equivalent to nāt(us) (past participle of nāscī to be born) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nationhood, noun
nationless, adjective
internation, adjective
minination, noun
supernation, noun
Synonyms
1. See race2 . 2. state, commonwealth, kingdom, realm.
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British Dictionary definitions for internation

nation

/ˈneɪʃən/
noun
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.
  1. a federation of tribes, esp American Indians
  2. the territory occupied by such a federation
Derived Forms
nationhood, noun
nationless, adjective
Word Origin
C13: via Old French from Latin nātiō birth, tribe, from nascī to be born
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Contemporary definitions for internation
noun

the act of interning; internship

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Word Origin and History for internation

nation

n.

c.1300, from Old French nacion "birth, rank; descendants, relatives; country, homeland" (12c.) and directly from Latin nationem (nominative natio) "birth, origin; breed, stock, kind, species; race of people, tribe," literally "that which has been born," from natus, past participle of nasci "be born" (Old Latin gnasci; see genus). Political sense has gradually predominated, but earliest English examples inclined toward the racial meaning "large group of people with common ancestry." Older sense preserved in application to North American Indian peoples (1640s). Nation-building first attested 1907 (implied in nation-builder).

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