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NATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Nation mean? 

NATION (noun)
  The noun NATION has 4 senses:

1. a politically organized body of people under a single government
2. the people who live in a nation or country
3. a federation of tribes (especially native American tribes)
4. United States prohibitionist who raided saloons and destroyed bottles of liquor with a hatchet (1846-1911)

  Familiarity information: NATION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


NATION (noun)


Sense 1nation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A politically organized body of people under a single government

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

res publica; nation; body politic; country; commonwealth; state; land

Context examples:

the state has elected a new president / African nations / students who had come to the nation's capitol / the country's largest manufacturer / an industrialized land

Hypernyms ("nation" is a kind of...):

political entity; political unit (a unit with political responsibilities)

Meronyms (parts of "nation"):

estate; estate of the realm (a major social class or order of persons regarded collectively as part of the body politic of the country and formerly possessing distinct political rights)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "nation"):

ally (a friendly nation)

city state; city-state (a state consisting of a sovereign city)

great power; major power; power; superpower; world power (a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world)

sea power (a nation that possesses formidable naval strength)

suzerain (a state exercising a degree of dominion over a dependent state especially in its foreign affairs)

renegade state; rogue nation; rogue state (a state that does not respect other states in its international actions)

Reich (the German state)

foreign country (any state of which you are not a citizen)

Dominion (one of the self-governing nations in the British Commonwealth)

developing country (a country that is poor and whose citizens are mostly agricultural workers but that wants to become more advanced socially and economically)

commonwealth country (any of the countries in the British Commonwealth)

Instance hyponyms:

Eelam; Tamil Eelam (the independent state that the Tamil Tigers have fought for)


Sense 2nation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The people who live in a nation or country

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

nation; country; land

Context examples:

a statement that sums up the nation's mood / the news was announced to the nation / the whole country worshipped him

Hypernyms ("nation" is a kind of...):

people ((plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively)

Meronyms (members of "nation"):

national; subject (a person who owes allegiance to that nation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "nation"):

Dutch; Dutch people (the people of the Netherlands)

Swiss; Swiss people (the natives or inhabitants of Switzerland)

Spanish; Spanish people (the people of Spain)

French; French people (the people of France)

Irish; Irish people (people of Ireland or of Irish extraction)

English; English people (the people of England)

British; British people; Brits (the people of Great Britain)


Sense 3nation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A federation of tribes (especially native American tribes)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Context example:

the Shawnee nation

Hypernyms ("nation" is a kind of...):

confederacy; confederation; federation (a union of political organizations)

Domain region:

America; the States; U.S.; U.S.A.; United States; United States of America; US; USA (North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "nation"):

federation of tribes; tribe (a federation (as of American Indians))


Sense 4Nation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

United States prohibitionist who raided saloons and destroyed bottles of liquor with a hatchet (1846-1911)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

Carry Amelia Moore Nation; Carry Nation; Nation

Instance hypernyms:

dry; prohibitionist (a reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages)


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