nations Definition

a large body of people united by common descent, history, culture, or language, inhabiting a particular country or territory.

Using nations: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "nations" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The United Nations is an organization of nations dedicated to promoting world peace.

  • Example

    The indigenous nations of North America have a rich cultural heritage.

  • Example

    The European Union is made up of 27 member nations.

nations Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for nations

Phrases with nations

  • countries with low levels of economic development and a relatively low standard of living


    The United Nations has programs to help developing nations improve their economies.

  • nation-state

    a sovereign state whose citizens or subjects are relatively homogeneous in factors such as language or common descent


    Japan is an example of a nation-state.

  • a term used in Canada to describe Indigenous peoples who are not Inuit or Métis


    The First Nations of Canada have a unique relationship with the Canadian government.


Summary: nations in Brief

The term 'nations' [ˈneɪʃənz] refers to large groups of people who share common descent, history, culture, or language and inhabit a particular country or territory. Examples include the United Nations, the indigenous nations of North America, and the member nations of the European Union. Phrases like 'developing nations' and 'nation-state' denote specific types of nations.