na·tion·al /ˈnæʃnəl, ˈnæʃənḷ/
1. Of or pertaining to a nation; common to a whole people or race; public; general; as, a national government, language, dress, custom, calamity, etc.
2. Attached to one's own country or nation.
National anthem, a popular song or hymn which has become by general acceptance the recognized musical expression of the patriotic sentiment of a nation; as, “God save the King” is called the national anthem of England.
National bank, the official common name of a class of banking corporations established under the laws of the United States.
National flag. See under Flag.
National guard, a body of militia, or a local military organization, as in Paris during the French Revolution, or as certain bodies of militia in other European countries and in the United States.
National salute, a salute consisting of as many guns as there are States in the Union. [U.S.]
adj 1: of or relating to or belonging to a nation or country;
"national hero"; "national anthem"; "a national
2: limited to or in the interests of a particular nation;
"national interests"; "isolationism is a strictly national
policy" [ant: international]
3: concerned with or applicable to or belonging to an entire
nation or country; "the national government"; "national
elections"; "of national concern"; "the national highway
system"; "national forests" [ant: local]
4: owned or maintained for the public by the national
government; "national parks"
5: inside the country; "the British Home Office has broader
responsibilities than the United States Department of the
Interior"; "the nation's internal politics" [syn: home(a),
6: characteristic of or peculiar to the people of a nation; "a
7: of or relating to nationality; "national origin"
n : a person who owes allegiance to that nation; "a monarch has
a duty to his subjects" [syn: subject]