nationality

[nash-uh-nal-i-tee]
noun, plural nationalities for 1, 2, 5, 6.
1.
the status of belonging to a particular nation, whether by birth or naturalization: the nationality of an immigrant.
2.
the relationship of property, holdings, etc., to a particular nation, or to one or more of its members: the nationality of a ship.
4.
existence as a distinct nation; national independence: a small colony that has just achieved nationality.
5.
a nation or people: the nationalities of the Americas.
6.
a national quality or character: Nationalities tend to submerge and disappear in a metropolis.

Origin:
1685–95; national + -ity

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nationality (ˌnæʃəˈnælɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  the state or fact of being a citizen of a particular nation
2.  a body of people sharing common descent, history, language, etc; a nation
3.  a national group: 30 different nationalities are found in this city
4.  national character or quality
5.  the state or fact of being a nation; national status

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nationality
"fact of belonging to a particular nation," 1828, from national + -ity.
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Example sentences
The ranking reports on where the gambling takes place, rather than the nationality of the gamblers.
Nationality and national origin may be different, but for purposes of
  employment the distinction may not make a difference.
It turns out that five of the eight new appointees hold a second nationality.
The pirates often determined a ship's nationality first.
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