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[nash-uh-nal-i-tee] /ˌnæʃ əˈnæl ɪ ti/

noun, plural nationalities for 1, 2, 5, 6.
the status of belonging to a particular , whether by birth or naturalization:
the nationality of an immigrant.
the relationship of property, holdings, etc., to a particular , or to one or more of its members:
the nationality of a ship.
existence as a distinct ; independence:
a small colony that has just achieved nationality.
a or people:
the nationalities of the Americas.
a quality or character:
Nationalities tend to submerge and disappear in a metropolis.
noun (pl) -ties
the state or fact of being a citizen of a particular nation
a body of people sharing common descent, history, language, etc; a nation
a national group: 30 different nationalities are found in this city
national character or quality
the state or fact of being a nation; national status

1690s, “national quality,” from national + -ity (in some usages perhaps from French nationalité. As “fact of belonging to or being a citizen of a particular state,” from 1828, gradually shading into “race, ethnicity.” Meaning “separate existence as a nation” is recorded from 1832. Related: Nationalities.

But I do love a country that loves itself. I love a country that insists on its own nationality which is the same thing as a person’s insisting on his own personality. [Robert Frost, letter, April 21, 1919]


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