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[nash-uh-nal-i-tee] /ˌnæʃ əˈnæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural nationalities for 1, 2, 5, 6.
the status of belonging to a particular nation, whether by birth or naturalization:
the nationality of an immigrant.
the relationship of property, holdings, etc., to a particular nation, or to one or more of its members:
the nationality of a ship.
existence as a distinct nation; national independence:
a small colony that has just achieved nationality.
a nation or people:
the nationalities of the Americas.
a national quality or character:
Nationalities tend to submerge and disappear in a metropolis.
Origin of nationality
1685-95; national + -ity Unabridged
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Examples from the web for nationality
  • 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.
  • The nationality of the jurors could prove to be a factor in the results.
  • But the bond of brotherhood is not a common nationality or race--for in these they.
  • Application is open to all interested applicants from any nationality across the globe.
  • But such differences are trumped by those based on nationality.
  • But that has not stopped the tales from being embraced by almost every culture and nationality in the world.
  • There is also no correlation with race or nationality.
British Dictionary definitions for nationality


noun (pl) -ties
the state or fact of being a citizen of a particular nation
a body of people sharing common descent, history, language, etc; a nation
a national group: 30 different nationalities are found in this city
national character or quality
the state or fact of being a nation; national status
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Word Origin and History for nationality

1690s, "national quality," from national + -ity (in some usages perhaps from French nationalité. As "fact of belonging to or being a citizen of a particular state," from 1828, gradually shading into "race, ethnicity." Meaning "separate existence as a nation" is recorded from 1832. Related: Nationalities.

But I do love a country that loves itself. I love a country that insists on its own nationality which is the same thing as a person's insisting on his own personality. [Robert Frost, letter, April 21, 1919]

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