nationality








noun, plural na·tion·al·i·ties for 1, 2, 5, 6.

  1. the status of belonging to a particular nation, whether by birth or naturalization: the nationality of an immigrant.
  2. the relationship of property, holdings, etc., to a particular nation, or to one or more of its members: the nationality of a ship.
  3. nationalism.
  4. existence as a distinct nation; national independence: a small colony that has just achieved nationality.
  5. a nation or people: the nationalities of the Americas.
  6. a national quality or character: Nationalities tend to submerge and disappear in a metropolis.

noun plural -ties

  1. the state or fact of being a citizen of a particular nation
  2. a body of people sharing common descent, history, language, etc; a nation
  3. a national group30 different nationalities are found in this city
  4. national character or quality
  5. the state or fact of being a nation; national status

n.1690s, “national quality,” from national + -ity (in some usages perhaps from French nationalité. As “fact of belonging to or being a citizen of a particular state,” from 1828, gradually shading into “race, ethnicity.” Meaning “separate existence as a nation” is recorded from 1832. Related: Nationalities. But I do love a country that loves itself. I love a country that insists on its own nationality which is the same thing as a person’s insisting on his own personality. [Robert Frost, letter, April 21, 1919]

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