Definition of nation in English:


Syllabification: na·tion
Pronunciation: /ˈnāSHən


  • 1A large aggregate of people united by common descent, history, culture, or language, inhabiting a particular country or territory: leading industrialized nations
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    • We cannot allow ourselves to be dependent on other nations, history has taught us that.
    • The sooner we can distance ourselves from these artificial things known as nations the better.
    • We are after all talking about the richest, most powerful nation on Earth.
    country, sovereign state, state, land, realm, kingdom, republic; fatherland, motherland; people, race
  • 1.1A North American Indian people or confederation of peoples.



Pronunciation: /-ˌho͝od/
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  • When national home means national state and there are two nations, only one will be able to realize its nationhood.
  • But the most interesting point that came up was the generational difference in perceptions of nationhood.
  • The concept of nationhood is, I think, inherently bound up with the concept of national defense.


Middle English: via Old French from Latin natio(n-), from nat- 'born', from the verb nasci.

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