nationality

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From national +‎ -ity, recorded since 1691, perhaps modelled on French nationalité; ultimately from Latin nātio (nation, people).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌnæ.ʃəˈnæl.ɪ.ti/
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  • Hyphenation: na‧tion‧al‧i‧ty,
na‧tion‧al‧ity

Noun[edit]

nationality (plural nationalities)

  1. Membership of a particular nation or state, by origin, birth, naturalization, ownership, allegiance or otherwise.
  2. National, i.e. ethnic and/or cultural, character or identity.
  3. A people sharing a common origin, culture and/or language, and possibly constituting a nation-state.
  4. Political existence, independence or unity as a national entity.
  5. (archaic) Nationalism or patriotism.

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