Nation meaning

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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.

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A stable, historically developed community of people with a territory, economic life, distinctive culture, and language in common.
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A people who share common customs, origins, history, and frequently language; a nationality.
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The people of a territory united under a single government; country.
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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.

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The government of a sovereign state.
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(rare, dialectal) Extremely; very.
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(international law) A sovereign state.

Though legally single nations, many states comprise several distinct cultural or ethnic groups.

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(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.

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(rare) Damnation.
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(born Carry Amelia Moore) 1846-1911; U.S. temperance leader.
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the nations
  • The non-Jewish nations; Gentiles.
  • All the peoples of the earth.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the nations

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 þēod), Middle English burthe (“birth, nation, race, nature"), Middle English leod, leode, lede (“people, race") (from Old English lÄ“od).

    From Wiktionary

  • Probably short for damnation.

    From Wiktionary