1. The quality of being national, or strongly attached to one's own nation; patriotism.
  2. The sum of the qualities which distinguish a nation; national character.
  3. A race or people, as determined by common language and character, and not by political bias or divisions; a nation.
  4. Existence as a distinct or individual nation; national unity and integrity.
  5. The state or quality of belonging to or being connected with a nation or government by nativity, character, ownership, allegiance, etc.