A nation may refer to a community of people who share a common language, culture, ethnicity, descent, or history. In this definition, a nation has no physical borders. However, it can also refer to people who share a common territory and government (for example the inhabitants of a sovereign state) irrespective of their ethnic make-up. The word nation can more specifically refer to people of North American Indians, such as the Cherokee Nation that prefer this term over the contested term tribe.
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... A nation is a unified social community ... Nation or The Nation may also refer to A country, a division of a geographical territory marked by boundaries ...
... tournament, in 1964, was won by Japan, the host nation ... The American-led boycott of the 1980 Games left many strong volleyball nations like Japan and South Korea out of the games ... bloc was, in its turn, boycotting the games, and once more many strong volleyball nations like the USSR, East Germany and Cuba did not participate ...
... of other geographically large nations, such as the Soviet Union and the United States) ... In the words of Director General of Civil Aviation AB Corbett, A nation which refuses to use flying in its national life must necessarily today be a ... (ANAC) and charged it with the task of reconstructing the nation's air transport industry ...
... A significant early use of the term nation, as natio, occurred at mediaeval universities to describe the colleagues in a college or students, above all at the University of Paris, who were all born ... in 1349 the studium generale which consisted of Bohemian, Bavarian, Saxon and Polish nations ... which they took their name "where foreigners eat and have their places of meeting, each nation apart from the others, and a Knight has charge of each one of ...
... considering that this would weaken the nation, which needed unity to counter any attempted reconquest by Spain, which would be supported by other European nations ... Those who defended the federalist ideology argued that it was the desire and will of the nation to be formed in this way, and cited the prosperity established ... The nation formally assumed sovereignty and was constituted by free, sovereign and independent states ...
More definitions of "nation":
- (noun): United States prohibitionist who raided saloons and destroyed bottles of liquor with a hatchet (1846-1911).
Synonyms: Carry Nation, Carry Amelia Moore Nation
- (noun): The people who live in a nation or country.
Example: "A statement that sums up the nation's mood"; "the news was announced to the nation"
Synonyms: land, country, a people
Famous quotes containing the word nation:
“I thought it altogether proper that I should take a brief furlough from official duties at Washington to mingle with you here to-day as a comrade, because every President of the United States must realize that the strength of the Government, its defence in war, the army that is to muster under its banner when our Nation is assailed, is to be found here in the masses of our people.”
—Benjamin Harrison (18331901)
“We as a nation need to be reeducated about the necessary and sufficient conditions for making human beings human. We need to be reeducated not as parentsbut as workers, neighbors, and friends; and as members of the organizations, committees, boardsand, especially, the informal networks that control our social institutions and thereby determine the conditions of life for our families and their children.”
—Urie Bronfenbrenner (b. 1917)
“The nation looked upon him as a deserter, and he shrunk into insignificancy and an earldom.... He was fixed in the house of lords, that hospital of incurables, and his retreat to popularity was cut off; for the confidence of the public, when once great and once lost, is never to be regained.”
—Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (16941773)