Meaning of “nation-state” in the English Dictionary

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"nation-state" in British English

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nation-statenoun [ C ]

uk /ˌneɪ.ʃənˈsteɪt/ us /ˌneɪ.ʃənˈsteɪt/

an independent country, especially when thought of as consisting of a single large group of people all sharing the same language, traditions, and history

(Definition of “nation-state” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)