Pronunciation: (nash"u-nal'i-tē),[key] —n., —pl.-tiesfor 1, 2, 5, 6. 1. the status of belonging to a particular nation, whether by birth or naturalization: the nationality of an immigrant. 2. the relationship of property, holdings, etc., to a particular nation, or to one or more of its members: the nationality of a ship. 3. nationalism.
4. existence as a distinct nation; national independence: a small colony that has just achieved nationality. 5. a nation or people: the nationalities of the Americas. 6. a national quality or character: Nationalities tend to submerge and disappear in a metropolis.