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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From national +‎ -ity, recorded since 1691, perhaps modelled on French nationalité; ultimately from Latin nātio ("nation, people").


  • In other words, each country in a sense would think of themselves as the Chairman, because they know their nationality is the ideal one for the Chairman and what could be done with the role of every other country, as if being the responsible Chairman of a Committee one said, Now this week I want Australia on the committee -- they will be able to make that particular point.

    How Fast Can Men Change? (New Patterns of International Relations)

  • Says Mayo-Smith, "It is not in unity of blood but in unity of institutions and social habits and ideals that we are to seek that which we call nationality," and nationality is the result of assimilation.

    Introduction to the Science of Sociology

  • Such is the Roman origo, quite akin to what we call nationality, except that the origo relates to the restricted locality of one's birth, and nationality to one's native land.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 5: Diocese-Fathers of Mercy

  • I think that the lived reality of intangible/immaterial constructions such as nationality is more authoritative in terms of what they “are” – which is a descriptive statement – than your insistence that they are certain platonic ideals even nobody involved understands them that way.

    Matthew Yglesias » Far-Right European Posters

  • The fact that the two states still have their differences over the national question and other matters such as nationality is explicitly stated in the treaty.

    The Aims and Responsibilities of German Foreign Policy

  • And "nationality" is nothing if not a spiritual phenomenon.

    Christian Lange - Nobel Lecture

  • The death of civilians, of any nationality, is a tragedy.

    Slaughter “A Product of Circumstance” « Blog

  • Out of curiosity, under "Article 30 - Mexican nationality is acquired by birth or by naturalization", would that mean that if a Canadian couple gave birth to their baby in Mexico, that baby could aquire Mexican citizenship when it's born?

    Calling all Canadians...

  • Yes, a child born on Mexican territory of foreign parents, regardless of the parents 'nationality, is a Mexican by birth.

    Calling all Canadians...

  • Article 30 - Mexican nationality is acquired by birth or by naturalization.

    Calling all Canadians...


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