Meaning of NATIONAL in English

/ ˈnæʃnəl; NAmE / adjective , noun

■ adjective [ usually before noun ]


connected with a particular nation; shared by a whole nation :

national and local newspapers

national and international news

national and regional politics

a national election

These buildings are part of our national heritage.

They are afraid of losing their national identity.


owned, controlled or paid for by the government :

a national airline / museum / theatre

■ noun

( technical ) a citizen of a particular country :

Polish nationals living in Germany



late 16th cent.: from French , from Latin natio(n-) birth, race of people, from nat- born, from the verb nasci .

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