Definition of national in English:


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



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  • 1A citizen of a particular country: a German national
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    • 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.
    citizen, subject, native, resident, inhabitant; voter
  • 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
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    • 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.



[sentence adverb]: nationally, there has been a 2.5 per cent drop in car crime
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  • 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.


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

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