national ( nationals plural )1 adj National means relating to the whole of a country or nation rather than to part of it or to other nations.
usu ADJ n
Ruling parties have lost ground in national and local elections., ...major national and international issues.
♦ nationally adv ADV with v, ADV adj
...a nationally televised speech..., Duncan Campbell is nationally known for his investigative work. 2 adj National means typical of the people or customs of a particular country or nation.
...the national characteristics and history of the country..., Baseball is the national pastime. 3 n-count You can refer to someone who is legally a citizen of a country as a national of that country.
usu adj N (=citizen)
...a Sri-Lankan-born British national.