nation

nation

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English

Pronunciation

  • enPR: nā'shən, IPA(key): /ˈneɪʃən/
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən

Etymology 1

From Middle English nacioun, nacion, borrowed from Old French nation, nacion, nasion (nation), from Latin nātiōnem, accusative of nātiō, (g)nātiō (nation, race, birth) from (g)natus, past participle stem of (g)nasci (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), Middle Low German nacie (nation), German Nation (nation), Danish nation (nation), Swedish nation (nation).

Noun

nation (plural nations)

  1. 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.
  2. (international law) A sovereign state.
  3. (chiefly historical) An association of students based on its members' birthplace or ethnicity. syn. transl.
  4. (obsolete) A great number; a great deal.
Usage notes
  • (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.
Synonyms
  • (nationality, people group, race or kindred): thede
  • (association of students def. transl.): student nation
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Etymology 2

Probably short for damnation.

Noun

nation

  1. (rare) Damnation.

Adverb

nation

  1. (rare, dialectal) Extremely; very
    • 1884, Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn:
      “Looky here, Bilgewater,” he says, “I’m nation sorry for you, but you ain’t the only person that’s had troubles like that.”

References

  • "Notable and Quotable," Merriam Webster Online Newsletter (November, 2005) [1] (as accessed on December 23, 2005).

Anagrams

  • Tonian, anoint

French

Etymology

From Middle French nation, from Old French nacion, borrowed from Latin nātiōnem, accusative singular of nātiō.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /na.sjɔ̃/

Noun

nation f (plural nations)

  1. nation

Derived terms

  • national

Anagrams

  • tonnai

External links

  • “nation” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Middle French

Etymology

From Old French nacion.

Noun

nation f (plural nations)

  1. nation

Descendants

  • French: nation

Swedish

Pronunciation

Noun

nation c

  1. a nation, a nationality, a people
  2. a nation, a country, a state
  3. a union or fraternity of students from the same province

Declension

Related terms

  • Förenta nationerna
  • nationaldag
  • nationalism
  • nationalist
  • nationalitet
  • nationell
  • Nationernas förbund
  • nationshus
  • nationsliv
  • studentnation

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