English Online Dictionary. What means nation? What does nation mean?
- enPR: nā'shən, IPA(key): /ˈneɪ̯.ʃən/, /ˈneɪ̯.ʃɪn/
- Rhymes: -eɪʃən, -eɪʃɪn
From Middle English nacioun, nacion, from Old French nation, nacion, nasion (“nation”), from Latin nātiōnem, accusative of (g)nātiō (“nation, race, birth”) from (g)nātus, past participle stem of (g)nāscī (“to be born”). Displaced native Middle English theode, thede (“nation”) (from Old English þēod), Middle English burthe (“birth, nation, race, nature”), Middle English leod, leode, lede (“people, race”) (from Old English lēod). Compare Saterland Frisian Nation (“nation”), West Frisian naasje (“nation”), Dutch natie (“nation”), German Low German Natschoon (“nation”). German Nation (“nation”), Danish nation (“nation”), Norwegian Bokmål nasjon (“nation”), Norwegian Nynorsk nasjon (“nation”), Swedish nation (“nation”).
nation (plural nations)
- A historically constituted, stable community of people, formed on the basis of a common language, territory, economic life, ethnicity and/or psychological make-up manifested in a common culture.
- (international law) A sovereign state.
- (chiefly historical) An association of students based on its members' birthplace or ethnicity.
- (obsolete) A great number; a great deal.
- (British) Following the establishment of the Scottish and Welsh parliaments, England, Scotland and Wales are normally considered distinct nations. Application of the term nation to the United Kingdom as a whole is deprecated in most style guides, including the BBC, most newspapers and in UK Government publications. Northern Ireland, being of less clear legal status, generally remains a province.
- (nationality, people group, race or kindred): thede (archaic or obsolete)
- (association of students): student nation
Probably short for damnation.
- (rare) Damnation.
- (rare, dialectal) Extremely, very.
- "Notable and Quotable," Merriam Webster Online Newsletter (November, 2005)  (as accessed on December 23, 2005).
- Tonian, anoint
From Latin nātiō (“birth, people”), derived from the verb nāscor (“to be born”)
- IPA(key): [naˈɕoˀn]
nation c (singular definite nationen, plural indefinite nationer)
- a nation, a people with a common identity, united in history, culture or language
- a nation, a country that is a politically independent unity
- “nation” in Den Danske Ordbog
From Middle French nation, from Old French nacion, borrowed from Latin nātiōnem, accusative singular of nātiō.
- IPA(key): /na.sjɔ̃/
- Rhymes: -ɔ̃
nation f (plural nations)
- “nation” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
From Old French nacion.
nation f (plural nations)
- French: nation
- IPA(key): /natˈɧuːn/
- a nation, a nationality, a people
- a nation, a country, a state
- a union or fraternity of students from the same province
- Förenta nationerna
- Nationernas förbund