AskDefine | Define national

Dictionary Definition

national adj
1 of or relating to or belonging to a nation or country; "national hero"; "national anthem"; "a national landmark"
2 limited to or in the interests of a particular nation; "national interests"; "isolationism is a strictly national policy" [ant: international]
3 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" [ant: local]
4 owned or maintained for the public by the national government; "national parks"
5 inside the country; "the British Home Office has broader responsibilities than the United States Department of the Interior"; "the nation's internal politics" [syn: home(a), interior(a), internal]
6 characteristic of or peculiar to the people of a nation; "a national trait"
7 of or relating to nationality; "national origin" n : a person who owes allegiance to that nation; "a monarch has a duty to his subjects" [syn: subject]

User Contributed Dictionary



From nation + -al.


  • /ˈnæʃənəl/


  1. Of or having to do with a nation.
    Import tariffs were raised for the national interest.


of or having to do with a nation

Usage notes

See nation for notes regarding the usage of national to refer to the UK and its member states.


  1. A citizen of a nation.
    The diplomats were advised not to interact with any foreign nationals except on official duty.
  2. (usually plural) A tournament in which participants from all over the nation compete.
    After winning the regional tournament, the team advanced to the nationals.


A citizen of a nation
A tournament in which participants from all over the nation compete



  1. national


  • naˈt​͡si̯oːnal

Extensive Definition

National can refer to:
any of many entities whose names start with "National"
national in German: National
national in French: National
national in Italian: National
national in Japanese: ナショナル
national in Korean: 내셔널

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

all-comprehending, all-comprehensive, all-covering, all-embracing, all-encompassing, all-filling, all-including, all-inclusive, all-pervading, allover, catholic, chauvinistic, citizen, citizen by adoption, civic, civil, clannish, common, communal, cosmopolitan, cosmopolite, country-wide, ecumenic, ethnic, family, federal, galactic, general, genetic, gentile, gentilic, global, governmental, heaven-wide, home, hyphenate, hyphenated American, immigrant, inhabitant, inland, internal, international, intestine, jingoistic, lineal, metic, municipal, nationalist, nationalistic, native, naturalized citizen, nondenominational, nonnative citizen, nonsectarian, patriotic, phyletic, phylogenetic, planetary, popular, public, racial, resident, social, societal, state, subject, supranational, total, totemic, tribal, universal, world-wide
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