- 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.
nation definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English nacion ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin natio ; from natus, born: see nature
- nationhood noun
nation definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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: Middle English nacioun, from Old French nation, from Latin nātiō, nātiōn-, from nātus, past participle of nāscī, to be born; see genə- in Indo-European roots.
- naˈtion·hoodˌ noun
- naˈtion·less adjective
, Carry Amelia Moore 1846-1911.
nation - Phrases/Idioms
- Bible the non-Jewish nations; Gentiles
- Old Poet. all the peoples of the earth