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definition of the word nation

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From Old & modern French nation, from Latin natio, from nat-, past participle stem of nasci “to be born”



nation (plural nations)

  1. A group of people sharing aspects of language, culture and/or ethnicity.
    The Roma are a nation without a country.
  2. A historically constituted, stable community of people, formed on the basis of a common language, territory, economic life, and psychological make-up manifested in a common culture
    The Kurdish people constitute a nation in the Middle East
  3. (law) (international law) A sovereign state.
    Though legally single nations, many states comprise several distinct cultural or ethnic groups.

(UK) 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.

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