na·tion [ney-shuhn] Show IPA
1. a large body of people, usually associated with a particular territory, that is sufficiently conscious of its unity to seek or to possess a government peculiarly its own: The president spoke to the nation about the new tax.
2. the territory or country itself.
3. a member tribe of an American Indian confederation.
4. an aggregation of persons of the same ethnic family, often speaking the same language or cognate languages.
1250–1300; Middle English < Latin nātiōn- (stem of nātiō ) birth, tribe, equivalent to nāt ( us ) (past participle of nāscī to be born) + -iōn- -ion