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[n] a person who owes allegiance to that nation; "a monarch has a duty to his subjects"
[adj] inside the country; "the British Home Office has broader responsibilities than the United States Department of the Interior"; "the nation's internal politics"
[adj] 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"
[adj] limited to or in the interests of a particular nation; "national interests"; "isolationism is a strictly national policy"
[adj] owned or maintained for the public by the national government; "national parks"
[adj] of or relating to or belonging to a nation or country; "national hero"; "national anthem"; "a national landmark"
[adj] of or relating to nationality; "national origin"
[adj] characteristic of or peculiar to the people of a nation; "a national trait"


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Misc. Definitions

\Na"tion*al\ (?; 277), a. [Cf. F. national.]
1. Of or pertaining to a nation; common to a whole people or race; public; general; as, a national government, language, dress, custom, calamity, etc.
2. Attached to one's own country or nation. {National anthem}, a popular song or hymn which has become by general acceptance the recognized musical expression of the patriotic sentiment of a nation; as, ``God save the King'' is called the national anthem of England. {National bank}, the official common name of a class of banking corporations established under the laws of the United States. {National flag}. See under {Flag}. {National guard}, a body of militia, or a local military organization, as in Paris during the French Revolution, or as certain bodies of militia in other European countries and in the United States. {National salute}, a salute consisting of as many guns as there are States in the Union. [U.S.]

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