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national British & World English

Relating to or characteristic of a nation; common to a whole nation

national English Thesaurus

national politics

the National in national British & World English

another name for Grand National.

anti-national British & World English

Opposed to national interests or nationalism

national bank British & World English

another term for central bank.

National City British & World English

A city in southwestern California, south of San Diego, site of numerous naval facilities; population 58,680 (est. 2008)

national debt British & World English

The total amount of money which a country’s government has borrowed

national grid British & World English

The network of high-voltage power lines between major power stations

National Hunt British & World English

The body controlling steeplechasing and hurdle racing in Great Britain

national park British & World English

An area of countryside, or occasionally sea or fresh water, protected by the state for the enjoyment of the general public or the preservation of wildlife

National Road British & World English

A historic highway that in the early 19th century led from Maryland through the Appalachian Mountains to St. Louis in Missouri. It was once the major route for western expansion

national road British & World English

(In South Africa) any of a network of major intercity roads

Grand National British & World English

An annual horse race established in 1839, a steeplechase run over a course of 4 miles 856 yards (about 7,200 metres) with thirty jumps, at Aintree, Liverpool, in late March or early April

national forest British & World English

A large expanse of forest that is owned, maintained, and preserved by the federal government

National Front British & World English

A right-wing UK political party, formed in 1967, with extreme reactionary views on immigration

National Guard British & World English

(In the US) the primary reserve military force partly maintained by the states but also available for federal use

national income British & World English

The total amount of money earned within a country

National League British & World English

One of the two major leagues in American professional baseball

National Party1 British & World English

An Australian political party established in 1914 (as the Country Party) to represent agricultural and rural interests

National Party2 British & World English

A political party that held power in South Africa from 1948 until the country’s first democratic elections in 1994. Formed in 1914 as an Afrikaner party, it favoured racial segregation and instituted apartheid

National Trust British & World English

A trust for the preservation of places of historic interest or natural beauty in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, founded in 1895 and supported by endowment and private subscription. The National Trust for Scotland was founded in 1931

foreign national British & World English

A person who is not a naturalized citizen of the country in which they are living

National Assembly British & World English

An elected legislature in various countries

National Gallery British & World English

An art gallery in Trafalgar Square, London, holding one of the chief national collections of pictures. The collection began in 1824, and the present main building was opened in 1838

national identity British & World English

A sense of a nation as a cohesive whole, as represented by distinctive traditions, culture, and language

National Insurance British & World English

(In the UK) the system of compulsory payments by employees and employers to provide state assistance for people who are sick, unemployed, or retired

national minority British & World English

A minority group within a country felt to be distinct from the majority because of historical differences of language, religion, culture, etc.

national monument British & World English

A historic site or geographical area set aside by a national government and maintained for public use

national seashore British & World English

An expanse of sea coast protected and maintained by the federal government for the study of wildlife and for recreational use by the public

national service British & World English

A period of compulsory service in the armed forces during peacetime (phased out in the UK by 1963)

National Socialism British & World English

The political doctrine of the Nazi Party of Germany

national treasure British & World English

An artefact, institution, or public figure regarded as being emblematic of a nation’s cultural heritage or identity

National Assistance British & World English

Welfare payment made to people on low incomes in Britain between 1948 and 1965

national convention British & World English

A convention of a major political party, especially one that nominates a candidate for the presidency

national curriculum British & World English

A common programme of study in schools that is designed to ensure nationwide uniformity of content and standards in education

national government British & World English

A coalition government, especially one subordinating party differences to the national interest in a time of crisis, as in Britain under Ramsay MacDonald in 1931-5

New National Party British & World English

Official name for National Party.

Katmai National Park British & World English

A national preserve in southwestern Alaska, on the Alaska Peninsula, noted for its volcanic activity and wildlife

Korup National Park British & World English

A national park in western Cameroon, on the border with Nigeria. It was established in 1961 to protect a large area of tropical rainforest

Kruger National Park British & World English

A national park in eastern South Africa, on the Mozambique border. It was originally a game reserve established in 1898 by President Kruger

net national product British & World English

The total value of goods produced and services provided in a country during one year, after depreciation of capital goods has been allowed for

Sequoia National Park British & World English

A national park in the Sierra Nevada of California, east of Fresno. It was established in 1890 to protect groves of giant sequoia trees, of which the largest, the General Sherman Tree, is thought to be between 3,000 and 4,000 years old

Tsavo National Park British & World English

An extensive national park in SE Kenya, established in 1948

British National Party British & World English

An extreme right-wing political party in Britain supporting racial discrimination and strongly opposing immigration. The party arose in the 1980s as a breakaway group from the National Front

gross national product British & World English

The total value of goods produced and services provided by a country during one year, equal to the gross domestic product plus the net income from foreign investments


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