Definitions for: Nation


[n] the people who live in a nation or country; "a statement that sums up the nation's mood"; "the news was announced to the nation"; "the whole country worshipped him"
[n] a politically organized body of people under a single government; "the state has elected a new president"; "African nations"; "students who had come to the nation's capitol"; "the country's largest manufacturer"; "an industrialized land"
[n] a federation of tribes (especially native American tribes); "the Shawnee nation"
[n] United States prohibitionist who raided saloons and destroyed bottles of liquor with a hatchet (1846-1911)



Webster (1913) Definition: Na"tion, n. [F. nation, L. natio nation, race, orig., a
being born, fr. natus, p. p. of nasci, to be born, for
gnatus, gnasci, from the same root as E. kin. [root]44. See
Kin kindred, and cf. Cognate, Natal, Native.]
1. (Ethnol.) A part, or division, of the people of the earth,
distinguished from the rest by common descent, language,
or institutions; a race; a stock.

All nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues.
--Rev. vii. 9.

2. The body of inhabitants of a country, united under an
independent government of their own.

A nation is the unity of a people. --Coleridge.

Praise the power that hath made and preserved us a
nation. --F. S. Key.

3. Family; lineage. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

4.
(a) One of the divisions of university students in a
classification according to nativity, formerly common
in Europe.
(b) (Scotch Universities) One of the four divisions (named
from the parts of Scotland) in which students were
classified according to their nativity.

5. A great number; a great deal; -- by way of emphasis; as, a
nation of herbs. --Sterne.

Five nations. See under Five.

Law of nations. See International law, under
International, and Law.

Syn: people; race. See People.

Synonyms: a people, body politic, Carry Amelia Moore Nation, Carry Nation, commonwealth, country, land, res publica, state

See Also: ally, British, British people, Brits, city state, confederacy, confederation, dry, English, English people, estate, estate of the realm, federation, federation of tribes, French, French people, great power, Irish, Irish people, major power, national, people, political unit, power, prohibitionist, Reich, sea power, Spanish, Spanish people, subject, superpower, suzerain, Swiss, Swiss people, the British, the English, the French, the Irish, the Swiss, tribe, world power

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