national

National is an adjective that refers to something or someone that belongs to a nation or country. Baseball is the national pastime of the United States.

The word national describes anything that is common to, shared by, or represents a group of people or a place that is considered a nation, like the national anthem sung before the national pastime of baseball. National statistics provide information about a country as a whole. During times of war, the national mood is usually tense and sad. A national is also a citizen of a nation. You might be called an “American national” if you are an American living in Paris.

Definitions of national
  1. adjective
    of or relating to or belonging to a nation or country
    national hero”
    national anthem”
    “a national landmark”
  2. adjective
    concerned with or applicable to or belonging to an entire nation or country
    “the national government”
    national elections”
    “of national concern”
    “the national highway system”
    national forests”
    Synonyms:
    federal
    national; especially in reference to the government of the United States as distinct from that of its member units
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    local
    relating to or applicable to or concerned with the administration of a city or town or district rather than a larger area
  3. adjective
    of or relating to nationality
    national origin”
  4. adjective
    limited to or in the interests of a particular nation
    national interests”
    “isolationism is a strictly national policy”
    Synonyms:
    domestic
    of concern to or concerning the internal affairs of a nation
    nationalist, nationalistic
    devotion to the interests or culture of a particular nation including promoting the interests of one country over those of others
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    international
    concerning or belonging to all or at least two or more nations
    foreign
    of concern to or concerning the affairs of other nations (other than your own)
    global, planetary, world, world-wide, worldwide
    involving the entire earth; not limited or provincial in scope
    internationalist, internationalistic
    influenced by or advocating internationalism
    multinational, transnational
    involving or operating in several nations or nationalities
    supranational
    transcending established national boundaries or spheres of interest
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  5. adjective
    owned or maintained for the public by the national government
    national parks”
    Synonyms:
    public
    not private; open to or concerning the people as a whole
  6. adjective
    inside the country
    synonyms: home, interior, internal
    domestic
    of concern to or concerning the internal affairs of a nation
  7. adjective
    characteristic of or peculiar to the people of a nation
    “a national trait”
  8. noun
    a person who owes allegiance to that nation
    synonyms: subject
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    Giuseppe Garibaldi
    Italian patriot whose conquest of Sicily and Naples led to the formation of the Italian state (1807-1882)
    Maud Gonne
    Irish patriot and a founder of the Sinn Fein (1865-1953)
    Tadeusz Andrzej Bonawentura Kosciuszko
    Polish patriot and soldier who fought with Americans in the American Revolution (1746-1817)
    Giuseppe Mazzini
    Italian nationalist whose writings spurred the movement for a unified and independent Italy (1805-1872)
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    citizen
    a native or naturalized member of a state or other political community
    compatriot
    a person from your own country
    nationalist, patriot
    one who loves and defends his or her country
    active citizen
    a citizen who takes an active role in the community (as in crime prevention and neighborhood watch)
    chauvinist, flag-waver, hundred-percenter, jingo, jingoist, patrioteer
    an extreme bellicose nationalist
    civilian
    a nonmilitary citizen
    countryman
    a man from your own country
    countrywoman
    a woman from your own country
    freeman, freewoman
    a person who is not a serf or a slave
    private citizen
    a citizen who does not hold any official or public position
    repatriate
    a person who has returned to the country of origin or whose citizenship has been restored
    thane
    a man ranking above an ordinary freeman and below a noble in Anglo-Saxon England (especially one who gave military service in exchange for land)
    elector, voter
    a citizen who has a legal right to vote
    type of:
    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
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