nation (plural nations)
- 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
- (international legal) A sovereign state.
- Though legally single nations, many states comprise several distinct cultural or ethnic groups.
- (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.
- (obsolete) A great number; a great deal.
- (nationality, people group, race or kindred) thede
- (association of students) student nation
- French: nation
- German: Volk, Nation (chiefly when sovereign also)
- Italian: nazione
- Portuguese: nação
- Russian: на́ция
- Spanish: nación
- French: état, État, Etat
- German: Staat
- Italian: stato, nazione
- Portuguese: estado
- Russian: госуда́рство
- Spanish: estado
- (rare) Damnation.
- (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.”