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Syllabification: na·tion
Pronunciation: /ˈnāSH(ə)n

Definition of nation in English:


1A large aggregate of people united by common descent, history, culture, or language, inhabiting a particular country or territory: leading industrialized nations
More example sentences
  • 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.


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



Pronunciation: /-ˌho͝od/
Example sentences
  • 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.

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