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 ...
... edition of the volleyball Olympic 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 ... and once more many strong volleyball nations like the USSR, East Germany and Cuba did not participate ...
... 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 ...
... 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 ... in 1349 the studium generale which consisted of Bohemian, Bavarian, Saxon and Polish nations ... where foreigners 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 ...
... into independent states, considering that this would weaken the nation, which needed unity to counter any attempted reconquest by Spain, which would be ... 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 under ... 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): A politically organized body of people under a single government.
Example: "Students who had come to the nation's capitol"
Synonyms: state, country, land, commonwealth, res publica, body politic
Famous quotes containing the word nation:
“If the children and youth of a nation are afforded opportunity to develop their capacities to the fullest, if they are given the knowledge to understand the world and the wisdom to change it, then the prospects for the future are bright. In contrast, a society which neglects its children, however well it may function in other respects, risks eventual disorganization and demise.”
—Urie Bronfenbrenner (b. 1917)
“There never was and is not likely soon to be a nation of philosophers, nor am I certain it is desirable that there should be.”
—Henry David Thoreau (18171862)
“A nation grown free in a single day is a child born with the limbs and the vigour of a man, who would take a drawn sword for his rattle, and set the house in a blaze that he might chuckle over the splendour.”
—Sydney Smith (17711845)