Nation

Definition of Nation

Na´tion
n.1.(Ethnol.) A part, or division, of the people of the earth, distinguished from the rest by common descent, language, or institutions; a race; a stock.
All nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues.
- Rev. vii. 9.
2.The body of inhabitants of a country, united under an independent government of their own.
A nation is the unity of a people.
- Coleridge.
Praise the power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
- F. S. Key.
3.Family; lineage.
4.(Scotch Universities) One of the divisions of university students in a classification according to nativity, formerly common in Europe.
5.A great number; a great deal; - by way of emphasis; as, a nation of herbs.
Five nations
See under Five.
Law of nations
See International law, under International, and Law.

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