Definition of national identity in English:

national identity


  • A sense of a nation as a cohesive whole, as represented by distinctive traditions, culture, and language.

    ‘his country's lack of an explicit national identity’
    mass noun ‘the image represents the Queen as an emblem of national identity’
    • ‘A sense of national identity had emerged in both countries during the course of the preceding century.’
    • ‘The film is a fascinating examination of national identity and class warfare.’
    • ‘Can anyone explain our present obsession with national identity?’
    • ‘National identity is fluid, not fixed.’
    • ‘'The Outback' and rural Australia have featured prominently in the development of Australia's national identity.’
    • ‘For many, agriculture and manufacturing comprise a defining part of the American national identity.’
    • ‘Tribalism makes us proud to be who we are and gives us national identity.’
    • ‘In the search for a positive national identity, of course there's nostalgia.’
    • ‘They are determined to downplay commercialism, glorify their national identity, and put a more human face on these Olympics.’
    • ‘The song has become a popular expression of national identity among New Zealanders of European descent.’