Visit the forum if you have a language query!

nation

Definition from Dictionary, a free dictionary
There is no adequate defense, except stupidity, against the impact of a new idea.
P. W. Bridgman
Jump to: navigation, search
Wikipedia-logo-en.png
Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia

English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Old & modern French nation, from Latin natio, from nat-, past participle stem of nasci “to be born”

Noun

Singular
nation

Plural
{{{1}}}

nation ({{{1}}})
  1. A group of people sharing aspects of language, culture and/or ethnicity.
    The Roma are a nation without a country.
  2. A historically constituted, stable community of people, formed on the basis of a common language, territory, economic life, and psychological make-up manifested in a common culture
    The Kurdish people constitute a nation in the Middle East
  3. (law) (international law) A sovereign state.
    Though legally single nations, many states comprise several distinct cultural or ethnic groups.
Usage notes

(UK) 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.

Derived terms
Related terms
Translations

Etymology 2

Probably short for damnation

Noun

nation

  1. Damnation.

Adverb

nation

  1. (chiefly Template loop detected: Template:context 2) Extremely; very
    I'm nation sorry for you. -- Mark Twain

References

  • "Notable and Quotable," Merriam Webster Online Newsletter (November, 2005) [1] (as accessed on December 23, 2005).

Elsewhere on the web

En-En

En-It

En-Fr

En-El

En-Sp

En-Mul

En-De

OnelookIATEIATEIATEIATEProZDict.cc
WordnikIATELinguee
GoogleIATE