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.  
ADJ n  
...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.