Definition of nation in English:
- 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.
This word came via Old French from Latin natio, from nasci, meaning ‘to be born’. The link between ‘country’ and ‘birth’ was the idea of a people sharing a common ancestry or culture. The Latin verb nasci is the source of many familiar English words connected with birth, among them innate (Late Middle English) inborn or natural; native (Late Middle English); nativity (Middle English) birth; nature (Middle English); naïve (mid 17th century); and renaissance (literally ‘rebirth’). Also related is the name of the former province of Natal in South Africa, which was first sighted by the explorer Vasco da Gama on Christmas Day 1497. He called it Terra Natalis or ‘land of the day of birth’, in recognition of Christ's birth. A similar idea lies behind Noel (Late Middle English), ‘Christmas’, which is a French word that comes ultimately from Latin natalis. England is a nation of shopkeepers is supposed to have been Napoleon's scornful dismissal of the enemy across the Channel. Napoleon was not the first to use the phrase, though; the economist Adam Smith and possibly also the American revolutionary Samuel Adams referred to ‘a nation of shopkeepers’ in 1776.
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