What is nation?

  • (noun): United States prohibitionist who raided saloons and destroyed bottles of liquor with a hatchet (1846-1911).
    Synonyms: Carry Nation, Carry Amelia Moore Nation
    See also — Additional definitions below

Nation

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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Some articles on nation:

Nation - Medieval nationes
... 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 ... its opening in 1349 the studium generale which consisted of Bohemian, Bavarian, Saxon and Polish nations ... name "where foreigners 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 ...
Nation (disambiguation)
... 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): 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
  • (noun): A federation of tribes (especially native American tribes).
    Example: "The Shawnee nation"

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