What is 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
    See also — Additional definitions below


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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Volleyball At The Summer Olympics - History - Women
... volleyball 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 ... boycotting the games, and once more many strong volleyball nations like the USSR, East Germany and Cuba did not participate ...
1824 Constitution Of Mexico - Drafting and Promulgation
... independent states, 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 ... 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 under this form of ... The nation formally assumed sovereignty and was constituted by free, sovereign and independent states ...
Nation (disambiguation)
... 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 ...
Nation - Medieval nationes
... 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 ... which consisted 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 ...
Trans Australia Airlines - History - Background
... governments 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 backward and defenceless nation ... National Airways Commission (ANAC) and charged it with the task of reconstructing the nation's air transport industry ...

More definitions of "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
  • (noun): A federation of tribes (especially native American tribes).
    Example: "The Shawnee nation"

Famous quotes containing the word nation:

    The so-called science of poll-taking is not a science at all but mere necromancy. People are unpredictable by nature, and although you can take a nation’s pulse, you can’t be sure that the nation hasn’t just run up a flight of stairs.
    —E.B. (Elwyn Brooks)

    And what other great nation has statutes and ordinances as just as this entire law that I am setting before you today? But take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children’s children...
    Bible: Hebrew, Deuteronomy 4:8,9.

    Our young people have come to look upon war as a kind of beneficent deity, which not only adds to the national honor but uplifts a nation and develops patriotism and courage. That is all true. But it is only fair, too, to let them know that the garments of the deity are filthy and that some of her influences debase and befoul a people.
    Rebecca Harding Davis (1831–1910)