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Date: 1200-1300
Language: French
Origin: Latin natio, from natus, past participle of nasci 'to be born'

nation

noun
     
Related topics: Nationality and Race
na‧tion S3 W2 [countable]
1SAN a country, considered especially in relation to its people and its social or economic structure:
the President's radio broadcast to the nation
an independent nation
the world's leading industrial nations
! In most situations, it is more usual to say country: I've been to countries all over the world. | Do you like this country?
2SAN a large group of people of the same race and language:
the Cherokee nation

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