from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The status of belonging to a particular nation by origin, birth, or naturalization.
- n. A people having common origins or traditions and often constituting a nation.
- n. Existence as a politically autonomous entity; national independence.
- n. National character.
- n. Nationalism.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Membership of a particular nation or state, by origin, birth, naturalization, ownership, allegiance or otherwise.
- n. National, i.e. ethnic and/or cultural, character or identity.
- n. A people sharing a common origin, culture and/or language, and possibly constituting a nation-state.
- n. Political existence, independence or unity as a national entity.
- n. Nationalism or patriotism.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality of being national, or strongly attached to one's own nation; patriotism.
- n. The sum of the qualities which distinguish a nation; national character.
- n. A race or people, as determined by common language and character, and not by political bias or divisions; a nation.
- n. Existence as a distinct or individual nation; national unity and integrity.
- n. The state or quality of belonging to or being connected with a nation or government by nativity, character, ownership, allegiance, etc..
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The fact of being a member of a particular nation; birth and membership in a particular nation; relationship by birth and race to a particular nation: as, the nationality of an immigrant.
- n. Relationship as property, etc., to a particular nation, or to one or more of its members: as, the nationality of a ship.
- n. The people constituting a particular nation; a nation; a race of people.
- n. Separate existence as a nation; national unity and integrity.
- n. Nationalism; devotion or strong attachment to one's own nation or country.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. people having common origins or traditions and often comprising a nation
- n. the status of belonging to a particular nation by birth or naturalization
From national + -ity, recorded since 1691, perhaps modelled on French nationalité; ultimately from Latin nātio ("nation, people"). (Wiktionary)