1. A part, or division, of the people of the earth, distinguished from the rest by common descent, language, or institutions; a race; a stock.
  2. The body of inhabitants of a country, united under an independent government of their own.
  3. Family; lineage.
  4. One of the divisions of university students in a classification according to nativity, formerly common in Europe.
  5. One of the four divisions (named from the parts of Scotland) in which students were classified according to their nativity.
  6. A great number; a great deal; -- by way of emphasis; as, a nation of herbs.