A nation may refer to a community of people who share a common language, culture, ethnicity, descent, or history. In this definition, a nation has no physical borders. However, it can also refer to people who share a common territory and government (for example the inhabitants of a sovereign state) irrespective of their ethnic make-up. The word nation can more specifically refer to people of North American Indians, such as the Cherokee Nation that prefer this term over the contested term tribe.
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... A significant early use of the term nation, as natio, occurred at mediaeval universities to describe the colleagues in a college or students, above all at the University of Paris, who ... in 1349 the studium generale which consisted of Bohemian, Bavarian, Saxon and Polish nations ... eat and have their places of meeting, each nation apart from the others, and a Knight has charge of each one of these hostels, and provides for the necessities of the inmates according to their religion ...
... A nation is a unified social community ... Nation or The Nation may also refer to A country, a division of a geographical territory marked by boundaries ...
More definitions of "Nation":
- (noun): A politically organized body of people under a single government.
Example: "Students who had come to the nation's capitol"
Synonyms: state, country, land, commonwealth, res publica, body politic
- (noun): The people who live in a nation or country.
Example: "A statement that sums up the nation's mood"; "the news was announced to the nation"
Synonyms: land, country, a people
Famous quotes containing the word nation:
“I thought it altogether proper that I should take a brief furlough from official duties at Washington to mingle with you here to-day as a comrade, because every President of the United States must realize that the strength of the Government, its defence in war, the army that is to muster under its banner when our Nation is assailed, is to be found here in the masses of our people.”
—Benjamin Harrison (18331901)
“What the Nation must realize is that the home, when both parents work, is non- existent. Once we have honestly faced that fact, we must act accordingly.”
—Agnes E. Meyer (18871970)
“They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”
—Bible: Hebrew Isaiah 2:4.