Pronunciation: (nash"u-nal'i-tē), [key]
—pl. -ties for 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.
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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.