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NATIONAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does national mean? 

NATIONAL (noun)
  The noun NATIONAL has 1 sense:

1. a person who owes allegiance to that nation

  Familiarity information: NATIONAL used as a noun is very rare.


NATIONAL (adjective)
  The adjective NATIONAL has 7 senses:

1. of or relating to or belonging to a nation or country
2. limited to or in the interests of a particular nation
3. concerned with or applicable to or belonging to an entire nation or country
4. owned or maintained for the public by the national government
5. inside the country
6. characteristic of or peculiar to the people of a nation
7. of or relating to nationality

  Familiarity information: NATIONAL used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


NATIONAL (noun)


Sense 1national [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who owes allegiance to that nation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

national; subject

Context example:

a monarch has a duty to his subjects

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

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)

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

citizen (a native or naturalized member of a state or other political community)

compatriot (a person from your own country)

nationalist; patriot (one who loves and defends his or her country)

Holonyms ("national" is a member of...):

country; land; nation (the people who live in a nation or country)


NATIONAL (adjective)


Sense 1national [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to or belonging to a nation or country

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context examples:

national hero / national anthem / a national landmark

Pertainym:

nation (a politically organized body of people under a single government)


Sense 2national [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Limited to or in the interests of a particular nation

Context examples:

national interests / isolationism is a strictly national policy

Similar:

nationalist; nationalistic (devotion to the interests or culture of a particular nation including promoting the interests of one country over those of others)

Also:

domestic (of concern to or concerning the internal affairs of a nation)

Antonym:

international (concerning or belonging to all or at least two or more nations)


Sense 3national [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Concerned with or applicable to or belonging to an entire nation or country

Context examples:

the national government / national elections / of national concern / the national highway system / national forests

Similar:

federal (national; especially in reference to the government of the United States as distinct from that of its member units)

general (of national scope)

Antonym:

local (relating to or applicable to or concerned with the administration of a city or town or district rather than a larger area)


Sense 4national [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Owned or maintained for the public by the national government

Context example:

national parks

Similar:

public (not private; open to or concerning the people as a whole)


Sense 5national [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Inside the country

Synonyms:

interior; home; internal; national

Context examples:

the British Home Office has broader responsibilities than the United States Department of the Interior / the nation's internal politics

Similar:

domestic (of concern to or concerning the internal affairs of a nation)


Sense 6national [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characteristic of or peculiar to the people of a nation

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

a national trait

Pertainym:

nation (the people who live in a nation or country)


Sense 7national [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to nationality

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

national origin

Pertainym:

nationality (the status of belonging to a particular nation by birth or naturalization)


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