Pronunciation: (nash'u-nl, nash'nul),[key] —adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or maintained by a nation as an organized whole or independent political unit: national affairs. 2. owned, preserved, or maintained by the federal government: a national wildlife refuge. 3. peculiar or common to the whole people of a country: national customs. 4. devoted to one's own nation, its interests, etc.; patriotic: to stir up national pride. 5. nationalist.
6. concerning or encompassing an entire nation: a national radio network. 7. limited to one nation.
—n. 1. a citizen or subject of a particular nation who is entitled to its protection: U.S. nationals living abroad. 2. Often, nationals. a national competition, tournament, or the like: We're invited to Minneapolis for the nationals. 3. a national company or organization.