Definition of nation in English:


Line breaks: na¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˈneɪʃ(ə)n


1A large body of people united by common descent, history, culture, or language, inhabiting a particular state or territory: the world’s leading industrialized nations
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  • 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, state, land, sovereign state, nation state, kingdom, empire, republic, confederation, federation, commonwealth, power, superpower, polity, domain;
fatherland, motherland;
people, race, civilization, tribe, society, community, population, body politic, populace, public;
Law realm;
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.


one nation

[often as modifier] A nation not divided by social inequality: one-nation Tories
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  • It used to be a one nation party: it turned into a one-issue party.
  • The Tory party have gone from being a one nation party to being a one-issue party.
  • We've got to teach every American, wherever they came from, the English language so we can be one nation and one people.



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  • 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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