Meaning of NATIONAL in English

I. ˈnash-nəl, ˈna-shə-n ə l adjective

Date: 1580

1. : of or relating to a nation

2. : nationalist

3. : comprising or characteristic of a nationality

4. : belonging to or maintained by the federal government

5. : of, relating to, or being a coalition government formed by most or all major political parties usually in a crisis

• na·tion·al·ly adverb

II. noun

Date: 1887

1. : one that owes allegiance to or is under the protection of a nation without regard to the more formal status of citizen or subject

2. : a competition that is national in scope — usually used in plural

Synonyms: see citizen

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.