nation: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (nā'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. a large body of people, associated with a particular territory, that is sufficiently conscious of its unity to seek or to possess a government peculiarly its own: The president spoke to the nation about the new tax.
  2. the territory or country itself: the nations of Central America.
  3. a member tribe of an American Indian confederation.
  4. an aggregation of persons of the same ethnic family, often speaking the same language or cognate languages.


Pronunciation: (nā'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. 1846–1911, U.S. temperance leader.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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