na·tion·al (năshə-nəl, năshnəl)
a. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a nation: a national anthem.
b. Of or relating to nationality: their national origin.
2. Of or maintained by the government of a nation: a national landmark.
3. Devoted to one's own nation or its interests; patriotic.
1. A citizen of a particular nation: a British national.
2. often nationals A contest or tournament involving participants from all parts of a nation.
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