See also: nâtion and Nation

English edit

 
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Pronunciation edit

  • enPR: nā'shən, IPA(key): /ˈneɪ̯.ʃən/, /ˈneɪ̯.ʃɪn/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən, -eɪʃɪn

Etymology 1 edit

From Middle English nacioun, nacion, from Old French nacion, from Latin nātiōnem, accusative of nātiō (nation). Displaced native Old English þēod.

Noun edit

nation (plural nations)

  1. (collective) A historically constituted, stable community of people, formed based on a common language, territory, economic life, ethnicity and/or psychological make-up manifested in a common culture.
    Coordinate term: (sometimes synonymous) people
    The Roma are a nation without a country.
    pre-Columbian nations
    1. (by extension, informal, often humorous) A community united by some trait (especially an interest) but not historically constituted.
      the Dallas Cowboys nation
      • 2016 May 5, Johansson Anna, “5 Marketing Tips for Reaching the DIY Generation”, in Entrepreneur[1], retrieved 2023-12-21:
        Did Pinterest create a culture of do-it-yourselfers, or did the DIY nation create Pinterest? The answer may not be certain, but we do know that a lot of customers love to do things on their own.
  2. (international law, metonymically) A sovereign state; (loosely, metonymically, proscribed) a country.
    Though legally single nations, many states comprise several distinct cultural or ethnic groups.
    • 2013 June 7, David Simpson, “Fantasy of navigation”, in The Guardian Weekly[2], volume 188, number 26, page 36:
      It is tempting to speculate about the incentives or compulsions that might explain why anyone would take to the skies in [the] basket [of a balloon]:  [] perhaps to muse on the irrelevance of the borders that separate nation states and keep people from understanding their shared environment.
  3. (chiefly historical) An association of students based on its members' birthplace or ethnicity.
    Synonym: student nation
    Once widespread across Europe in medieval times, nations are now largely restricted to the ancient universities of Sweden and Finland.
  4. (obsolete) A great number; a great deal.
  5. In North America, an Indigenous people and their federally recognized territory.
    The Choctaw Nation is the third-largest federally recognized tribe in the United States and the second-largest Indian reservation in area.
Usage notes edit
  • (British) 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.
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Etymology 2 edit

Probably short for damnation.

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nation

  1. (rare) Damnation.

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nation

  1. (rare, dialectal) Extremely, very.

References edit

  • “Notable and Quotable”, in Merriam Webster Online Newsletter[3], November 2005, archived from the original on 2006-03-14.

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Etymology edit

From Latin nātiō (birth, people), derived from the verb nāscor (to be born).

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nation c (singular definite nationen, plural indefinite nationer)

  1. a nation, a people with a common identity, united in history, culture or language
  2. a nation, a country that is a politically independent unity

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Etymology edit

Inherited from Middle French nation, from Old French nacion, borrowed from Latin nātiōnem.

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nation f (plural nations)

  1. nation

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From Old French nacion.

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nation f (plural nations)

  1. nation

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  • French: nation

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nation c

  1. a nation, a country, a state
  2. a nation, a people
    tala till nationen
    address the nation
  3. a union or fraternity of students from the same province

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Declension of nation 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative nation nationen nationer nationerna
Genitive nations nationens nationers nationernas

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