- 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 (â€œnation, race, birthâ€) from (g)natus, past participle stem of (g)nasci â€œto be bornâ€. Displaced native Middle English theode, thede (â€œnationâ€) (from Old English Ã¾Ä“od), Middle English burthe (â€œbirth, nation, race, natureâ€), Middle English leod, leode, lede (â€œpeople, raceâ€) (from Old English lÄ“od).
- (rare) Damnation.
Probably short for damnation.