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Definition of Nation


  1. A part, or division, of the people of the earth, distinguished from the rest by common descent, language, or institutions; a race; a stock.
  2. The body of inhabitants of a country, united under an independent government of their own.
  3. Family; lineage.
  4. One of the divisions of university students in a classification according to nativity, formerly common in Europe.
  5. One of the four divisions (named from the parts of Scotland) in which students were classified according to their nativity.
  6. A great number; a great deal; -- by way of emphasis; as, a nation of herbs.

Nation Quotations

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
John F. Kennedy

I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink. It is a universally recognized symbol that stands for liberty, and freedom. It is the history of our nation, and it's marked by the blood of those who died defending it.
John Thune

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Abraham Lincoln
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Nation Translations

nation in Danish is folk, nation
nation in Dutch is natie, volk
nation in Finnish is kansa, kansakunta
nation in French is peuple, nation
nation in German is Volk, Nation, Nation
nation in Hungarian is nemzet
nation in Italian is nazione
nation in Latin is natio nationis, natio, gens, populus
nation in Swedish is folk, nation
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