member state

GC: n

S: EuroAlert – (last access: 22 April 2013); UN – (last access: 7 February 2021)

N: 1. – member (n): c. 1300, “body part or organ, an integral part of an animal body having a distinct function” (in plural, “the body”), from Old French membre “part, portion; topic, subject; limb, member of the body; member” (of a group, etc.),” 11c., from Latin membrum “limb, member of the body, part,” probably from PIE *mems-ro, from root *mems- “flesh, meat” (source also of Sanskrit mamsam “flesh;” Greek meninx “membrane,” mēros “thigh” (the “fleshy part”); Gothic mimz “flesh”).
– state (n): c. 1200, “circumstances, position in society, temporary attributes of a person or thing, conditions,” from Old French estat “position, condition; status, stature, station,” and directly from Latin status “a station, position, place; way of standing, posture; order, arrangement, condition,” figuratively “standing, rank; public order, community organization,” noun of action from past participle stem of stare “to stand” from PIE root *sta- “to stand, make or be firm.” Some Middle English senses are via Old French estat (French état; see estate).
2. A country that belongs to an international organization, such as the UNO [United Nations Organization] or European Union.
3. Confederations usually fail to provide for an effective executive authority and lack viable central governments; their member states typically retain their separate military establishments and separate diplomatic representation.
4. member state: term and definition reproduced from the CAPITAL Business Dictionary with the permission of LID Editorial Empresarial.

S: 1. OED – (last access: 7 February 2021). 2 to 4. TERMIUM PLUS – (last access: 7 February 2021).

OV: Member State

S: TERMIUM PLUS – (last access: 7 February 2021)


RC: State, intergovernmental organisation.