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nation (ˈneɪʃən Pronunciation for nation



  1. an aggregation of people or peoples of one or more cultures, races, etc, organized into a single state   ⇒ the Australian nation
  2. a community of persons not constituting a state but bound by common descent, language, history, etc   ⇒ the French-Canadian nation
    1. a federation of tribes, esp American Indians
    2. the territory occupied by such a federation

Derived Forms

ˈnationˌhood noun
ˈnationless adjective

Word Origin

C13: via Old French from Latin nātiō birth, tribe, from nascī to be born


View thesaurus entry
= country, state, nation state, power, land, federation, commonwealth, kingdom, realm, micronation, superpower, confederation, sovereign state, polity

Quotations including 'nation'

  • "For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom" [Bible: St. Matthew]
  • "No nation is fit to sit in judgement upon any other nation" [Woodrow Wilson
  • "A nation is the same people living in the same place" [James Joyce
  • "Nations, like men, have their infancy" [Viscount Henry St. John Bolingbroke
  • "The great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the small nations like prostitutes" [Stanley Kubrick]

Translations for 'nation'

  • British English: nationPronunciation for nation A nation is an individual country considered together with its social and political structures....several African nations.ˈneɪʃən NOUN
  • Arabic: أُمَّةٌPronunciation for أُمَّةٌ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: naçãoPronunciation for nação
  • Chinese: 国家Pronunciation for 国家
  • Croatian: nacijaPronunciation for nacija
  • Czech: národPronunciation for národ
  • Danish: nationPronunciation for nation
  • Dutch: natiePronunciation for natie
  • European Spanish: naciónPronunciation for nación
  • Finnish: kansakuntaPronunciation for kansakunta
  • French: nationPronunciation for nation
  • German: NationPronunciation for Nation
  • Greek: έθνοςPronunciation for έθνος
  • Italian: nazionePronunciation for nazione
  • Japanese: 国民Pronunciation for 国民
  • Korean: 국가Pronunciation for 국가
  • Norwegian: nasjonPronunciation for nasjon
  • Polish: naródPronunciation for naród
  • Portuguese: naçãoPronunciation for nação
  • Romanian: națiune națiuni
  • Russian: народPronunciation for народ
  • Spanish: naciónPronunciation for nación
  • Swedish: nationPronunciation for nation
  • Thai: ประเทศPronunciation for ประเทศ
  • Turkish: ulusPronunciation for ulus
  • Ukrainian: народ
  • Vietnamese: quốc giaPronunciation for quốc gia

Example Sentences Including 'nation'

At the same time, we all have a duty at this critical stage in the nation 's situation to proceed with circumspection.
Forbes, Bryan The Endless Game
He returned to the nation the belief in ourselves which we had lost in that first terrible war.
He'd seemed a harmless small-time burglar, one of the many dimwits choking up the nation 's jails.
Adam, Paul A Nasty Dose of Death


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