Definition: Nationality

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From national + -ity, perhaps after French nationalité; ultimately from Latin nātio (nation, people).


nationality (plural nationalities)

  1. National origin or identity; legal membership of a particular nation or state, by origin, birth, naturalization, ownership, allegiance, or otherwise.
    She was born in Spain to a Brazilian father and a Chilean mother and so was eligible for three nationalities.
    Please include your nationality on the form.
  2. A people sharing a common origin, culture, and/or language, and possibly constituting a nation-state.


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