- The definition of a nation is a body of people in a particular location with a distinct government.
An example of nation is the United States.
The United States of America is a nation.
- a stable, historically developed community of people with a territory, economic life, distinctive culture, and language in common
- the people of a territory united under a single government; country
- a people or tribe; specif., a group of North American Indians, sometimes one belonging to a confederation
- ☆ the territory of a particular Indian people or peoples
Origin of nationMiddle English nacion ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin natio ; from natus, born: see nature
- Bible the non-Jewish nations; Gentiles
- Old Poet. all the peoples of the earth
- a. A relatively large group of people organized under a single, usually independent government; a country.b. The territory occupied by such a group of people: All across the nation, people are voting their representatives out.
- The government of a sovereign state.
- A people who share common customs, origins, history, and frequently language; a nationality: “Historically the Ukrainians are an ancient nation which has persisted and survived through terrible calamity” (Robert Conquest).
- a. A federation or tribe, especially one composed of Native Americans.b. The territory occupied by such a federation or tribe.
Origin of nationMiddle English nacioun, from Old French nation, from Latin nātiō, nātiōn-, from nātus, past participle of nāscī, to be born; see gen&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
- An historically constituted, stable community of people, formed on the basis of a common language, territory, economic life, ethnicity and/or psychological make-up manifested in a common culture
- The Roma are a nation without a country.
- The Kurdish people constitute a nation in the Middle East
- (international law) A sovereign state.
- Though legally single nations, many states comprise several distinct cultural or ethnic groups.
- (chiefly historical) An association of students based on their birthplace or ethnicity. syn.
- Once widespread across Europe in medieval times, nations are now largely restricted to the ancient universities of Sweden and Finland.
- (British) Following the establishment of the Scottish and Welsh parliaments, England, Scotland and Wales are normally considered distinct nations. Application of the term nation to the United Kingdom as a whole is deprecated in most style guides, including the BBC, most newspapers and in UK Government publications. Northern Ireland, being of less clear legal status, generally remains a province.
Middle English nation, nacioun from Old French nation, nacion, from Latin nationem, accusative of natio, (g)natio (“nation, race, birth”) from (g)natus, past participle stem of (g)nasci “to be born”. Displaced native Middle English theode, thede (“nation”) (from Old English þēod), Middle English burthe (“birth, nation, race, nature”), Middle English leod, leode, lede (“people, race”) (from Old English lēod).
- (rare) Damnation.
- anoint, Tonian
Probably short for damnation.