• enPR: nā'shən, IPA: /ˈneɪ.ʃən/

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.
    The Roma are a nation without a country.
    The Kurdish people constitute a nation in the Middle East
  2. (international legal) A sovereign state.
    Though legally single nations, many states comprise several distinct cultural or ethnic groups.
  3. (chiefly, historical) An association of students based on its members' birthplace or ethnicity.
    Once widespread across Europe in medieval times, nations are now largely restricted to the ancient universities of Sweden and Finland.
  4. (obsolete) A great number; a great deal.
  • (nationality, people group, race or kindred) thede
  • (association of students) student nation
Translations Translations Translations Noun


  1. (rare) Damnation.


  1. (rare, dialectal) Extremely, very.
    • 1884 December 9, Mark Twain [pseudonym; Samuel Langhorne Clemens], chapter XIX, in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: (Tom Sawyer’s Comrade) […], London: Chatto & Windus, […], OCLC 458431182 ↗, page 186 ↗:
      “Looky here, Bilgewater,” he says, “I’m nation sorry for you, but you ain’t the only person that’s had troubles like that.”

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