An example of nation is the United States.
The Roma are a nation without a country.
The Kurdish people constitute a nation in the Middle East.
Once widespread across Europe in medieval times, nations are now largely restricted to the ancient universities of Sweden and Finland.
- The non-Jewish nations; Gentiles.
- All the peoples of the earth.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of nation
- Middle English nacioun from Old French nation from Latin nātiō nātiōn- from nātus past participle of nāscī to be born genə- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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 Ã¾Ä“od), Middle English burthe (“birth, nation, race, nature"), Middle English leod, leode, lede (“people, race") (from Old English lÄ“od).
- Probably short for damnation.