Definition of national adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈnæʃnəl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnæʃnəl//
    [usually before noun]
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  1. 1  connected with a particular nation; shared by a whole nation national and local newspapers national and international news national and regional politics a national election These buildings are part of our national heritage. They are afraid of losing their national identity.
  2. 2  owned, controlled or paid for by the government a national airline/museum/theatre
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from French, from Latin natio(n-) ‘birth, race of people’, from nat- ‘born’, from the verb nasci.Extra examples Decide whether it would be better to advertise in a national or a local newspaper. During your visit, you should take the opportunity to sample the national dish. He designed the new wing of the national library in London. He has won medals in both national and international competitions. The Queen was greeted by dancers in national costume. The Romanian national airline has ordered seven of the new aircraft. The collection is housed at the national museum. The country faces the huge task of national reconstruction following the war. The country has a national debt of 80% of GNP. The national average is just over two children per family. The state of our hospitals is a national disgrace. The statement was broadcast live on national radio. There have been calls for a national strike. There needs to be a national debate on the issue. This is not just a sporting event; for many it is a matter of national pride. decisions made at a local rather than national level the National Health Service the National Union of Teachers
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