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  1. na·tion·al
  2. adjective


    • 1. a citizen of a particular country, typically entitled to hold that country's passport:

      a German national the new law on foreign nationals
    • 2. a nationwide competition or tournament:

      she finished 16th at the nationals that year
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: national, plural noun: nationals

    • adjective

      relating to or characteristic of a nation; common to a whole nation:

      owned, controlled, or financially supported by the state:

    • noun

      a citizen of a particular country:

      a national newspaper as opposed to a local one:

    • noun

      (in the US) the primary reserve military force partly maintained by the states but also available for federal use.

      a member of the National Guard.

    • noun

      an elected legislature in various countries.

      the elected legislature in France during the first part of the French Revolution, 1789–91.

    • noun

      another term for central bank

      a commercial bank that is chartered under the federal government and is a member of the Federal Reserve System.

    • noun

      a period of compulsory service in the armed forces of some countries during peacetime.

      a federal program that enables young people to pay back government loans through community work.

    • noun

      a historic site or geographical area set aside by a national government and maintained for public use.
    • noun

      the total amount of money earned within a country.
    • noun

      a sense of a nation as a cohesive whole, as represented by distinctive traditions, culture, and language:
    • noun

      an expanse of sea coast protected and maintained by the federal government for the study of wildlife and for recreational use by the public.
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