Share this entry

Share this page

national

Line breaks: na|tion¦al
Pronunciation: /ˈnaʃ(ə)n(ə)l
 
/

Definition of national in English:

adjective

1Relating to or characteristic of a nation; common to a whole nation: this policy may have been in the national interest a national newspaper
More example sentences
  • The two-hour show was televised on the national network so the whole country could watch.
  • The national team turns the whole country orange and has a massive appeal to the fans.
  • But the underlining issue is the coverage the game as a whole receives from national media.
Synonyms
1.1Owned, controlled, or financially supported by the state: plans for a national art library
More example sentences
  • She feels at the moment there is no way to express support on a national scale.
  • If we do not choose the best to control our national assets, we dare not complain when we get the worst.
  • For the moment the data support a national ultrasound screening programme for aortic aneurysm.

noun

Back to top  
1A citizen of a particular country: a German national
More example sentences
  • Children of foreign nationals born prior to this date automatically received Irish citizenship.
  • This status affords less legal protection than foreign nationals would receive in China.
  • The outbreak of war also meant he had to return to Russia, as he was a foreign national in Germany.
Synonyms
citizen, subject, native, resident, inhabitant;
2 (usually nationals) A national newspaper as opposed to a local one: the inability of the local press to compete with the nationals for news
More example sentences
  • He was in all the nationals and on the front page of one of the broadsheets by Saturday morning.
  • The new technology could one day be extended to cover British nationals.
  • The protagonist of the book is a journalist who works for a local paper and also freelances for the nationals.
3 (the National) another name for Grand National.

Origin

late 16th century: from French, from Latin natio(n-) 'birth, race of people' (see nation).

Derivatives

nationally

1
adverb
[sentence adverb]: nationally, there has been a 2.5 per cent drop in car crime
More example sentences
  • He was told that the Local Government Association was looking at how to deal with the problem nationally.
  • This places the school in the top quarter of similar schools nationally.
  • Car traffic is growing by one per cent a year nationally and in York we are trying to prevent further growth.

Definition of national in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day jaunt
Pronunciation: dʒɔːnt
noun
a short excursion or journey made for pleasure