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[fah-th er-land] /ˈfɑ ðərˌlænd/
one's native country.
the land of one's ancestors.
Origin of fatherland
1615-25; father + land Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • There, in his fatherland, he will exhibit his own type of Christianity.

    Slavery Ordained of God Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
  • The land of his birth is his fatherland, and he will know of no other.

    Zionism and Anti-Semitism Max Simon Nordau
  • I have friends who suffer at the idea of being unable to do anything for the fatherland.

    Above the Battle Romain Rolland
  • From depths and heights, barbarians Suck soul and fatherland!

    Life Immovable Kostes Palamas
  • He has not seen the green hills of his fatherland since boyhood.

    Quiet Talks on Prayer S. D. (Samuel Dickey) Gordon
British Dictionary definitions for fatherland


a person's native country
the country of a person's ancestors
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fatherland

1620s, from father (n.) + land (n.). In modern use often a loan-translation of German Vaterland, itself a loan-translation of Latin patria (terra), literally "father's land." Late Old English/Middle English fæderland (c.1100) meant "parental land, inheritance."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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