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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... 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 ... argued that it was the desire and will of the nation to be formed in this way, and cited the prosperity established under this form of government in the United States, in contrast to the ... The nation formally assumed sovereignty and was constituted by free, sovereign and independent states ...
... 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 Bohemian, Bavarian, Saxon and Polish nations ... eat and have their places of meeting, each nation apart from the others, and a Knight has charge of each one of these hostels, and provides for the necessities of the inmates according to their religion ...
... of national importance (as did the governments of other geographically large nations, such as the Soviet Union and the United States) ... of Director General of Civil Aviation AB Corbett, A nation which refuses to use flying in its national life must necessarily today be a backward and defenceless nation ... Commission (ANAC) and charged it with the task of reconstructing the nation's air transport industry ...
... Olympic tournament, in 1964, was won by Japan, the host nation ... boycott of the 1980 Games left many strong volleyball nations like Japan and South Korea out of the games ... games, and once more many strong volleyball nations like the USSR, East Germany and Cuba did not participate ...
... 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 ...
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): A federation of tribes (especially native American tribes).
Example: "The Shawnee nation"
Famous quotes containing the word nation:
“We are all murderers and prostitutesno matter to what culture, society, class, nation one belongs, no matter how normal, moral, or mature, one takes oneself to be.”
—R.D. (Ronald David)
“There is something to be said for government by a great aristocracy which has furnished leaders to the nation in peace and war for generations; even a Democrat like myself must admit this. But there is absolutely nothing to be said for government by a plutocracy, for government by men very powerful in certain lines and gifted with the money touch, but with ideals which in their essence are merely those of so many glorified pawnbrokers.”
—Theodore Roosevelt (18581919)
“Both parties deprecated war; but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive; and the other would accept war rather than let it perish. And the war came.”
—Abraham Lincoln (18091865)