May 05, 2016
nation (noun)
\NAY-shun\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : nationality2 : a community of people composed of one or more nationalities usually with its own territory and government3 : the territory of a nation
How do you use it?
Derek worked hard to put together a display of flags from all the nations of Africa.
Are you a word wiz?

At the root of "nation" is the Latin word "nasci." What do you think "nasci" means?

"Nation" is a descendent of the Latin word "nasci," which means "to be born." Latin speakers used "nasci" to form "nation," meaning "birth" and "nation." "Natio" passed into Anglo-French (the French language used in Medieval England) as "naciun." Middle English speakers adopted "naciun" to form "nacioun" which later evolved into "nation." Other relatives of "nasci" include "native," "nature," and "innate" ("existing in or belonging to an individual from birth").
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