Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or belonging to a nation as an organized whole: a national anthem.
  • adj. Of or relating to nationality: their national origin.
  • adj. Characteristic of or peculiar to the people of a nation: a national trait.
  • adj. Of or maintained by the government of a nation: a national landmark.
  • adj. Being in the interest of one's own nation: Isolationism is a strictly national policy.
  • adj. Devoted to one's own nation or its interests; patriotic.
  • n. A citizen of a particular nation. See Synonyms at citizen.
  • n. A contest or tournament involving participants from all parts of a nation. Often used in the plural.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or having to do with a nation.
  • adj. Of or having to do with a country (sovereign state).
  • n. A citizen of a nation.
  • n. A tournament in which participants from all over the nation compete.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a nation; common to a whole people or race; public; general
  • adj. Attached to one's own country or nation.
  • n. A citizen (of a particular country).
  • n. A country-wide sports competition; for a series of competitions, the plural form is usually used.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to a nation, or a country regarded as a whole: opposed to local or provincial, and in the United States to State: as, national troops, defenses, debt, expenditure, etc.; hence, general; public: as, national interests; the national welfare.
  • Established and maintained by the nation, or by authority of its laws: as, national banks; a national system of education; a national church.
  • Peculiar or common to the whole people of a country: as, national language, customs, or dress; a national trait; a national religion; national pride.
  • Characterized by attachment or devotion to one's own race or country, or its institutions.
  • See assembly.
  • The uame of the popular assembly after the revolution of 1848, and again in 1871 after the fail of the second empire in 1870.
  • According to the Constitution of 1875, the name of the two houses, the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, when in joint session.
  • A name sometimes given to the organized militia in some parts of the United States. Abbreviated N. G.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who owes allegiance to that nation
  • adj. concerned with or applicable to or belonging to an entire nation or country
  • adj. owned or maintained for the public by the national government
  • adj. of or relating to nationality
  • adj. characteristic of or peculiar to the people of a nation
  • adj. of or relating to or belonging to a nation or country
  • adj. inside the country
  • adj. limited to or in the interests of a particular nation

Etymologies

From New Latin nationalis, from Latin natio ("nation"); see nation. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • It was said that national crimes can only be, and frequently are, punished in this world by _national punishments_, and that the continuance of the slave trade, and thus giving it a national character, sanction, and encouragement, ought to be considered as justly exposing us to the displeasure and vengeance of him who is equally the Lord of all, and who views with equal eye the poor _African slave_ and his _American master!

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus

  • “It introduced into the national consciousness, ” Henry James wrote in 1879, by the “national consciousness” undoubtedly meaning his own as well, “a certain sense of proportion and relation, of the world being a more complicated place than it had hitherto seemed, the future more treacherous, success more difficult …

    Chapter 8. Henry James

  • His demand was laid before the national assembly, and on August 25 it was decided to substitute a new _pacte national_ for the _pacte de famille_, and to invite the king to arm forty-five ships for defence, and to revise the treaty; and a suggestion was made to Spain that she might confirm the new compact by the cession of Louisiana.

    The Political History of England - Vol. X. The History of England from the Accession of George III to the close of Pitt's first Administration

  • To enlighten public opinion is the best way that has yet been discovered for the removal of national evils; and slavery is certainly a _national_ evil.

    An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans

  • Neither will national conceit remain only _national_ conceit, or _vanity_ be confined to admiration of a form of government; in the present mode of educating the youth of America, all sight is lost of humility, good-will, and the other Christian virtues, which are necessary to constitute a good man, whether he be an American, or of any other country.

    Diary in America, Series One

  • It was said that national crimes can only be, and frequently are, punished in this world by _national punishments_, and that the continuance of the slave trade, and thus giving it a national character, sanction, and encouragement, ought to be considered as justly exposing us to the displeasure and vengeance of him who is equally the Lord of all, and who views with equal eye the poor _African slave_ and his _American master_! [

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus

  • If you do not like the Fijian national dish, -- _national_ in more than one sense, -- have the dear sons of Nature, as Carlyle probably would call them, not the right to reply, -- "We do not like your _sauerkraut_, if you are a German; your

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 03, No. 17, March, 1859

  • Chary of the term "national treasure" "it implies I am like the Tower of London, which was a place of great cruelty", Holland says he always likes people who run a cafe and want to run a cafe, or run a shop and want to run that shop.

    Jools Holland: why I'm happy just to play the blues

  • Open-ended wars like the Cold War and the one against terror, however, can make the term national security troublingly abstract.

    Magic and Mayhem

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