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mother country

noun
1.
the country of one's birth or ancestry.
2.
the country of origin of settlers or colonists in a place.
Origin of mother country
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90
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  • Isolation from the mother country was a stimulus to the inventive imagination.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • Step by step the mother country and its colonies were advancing to a rupture.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
  • The houses are substantially built after the fashion of the mother country.

  • The mother country has a right to something of a share in the bargain.

    Recollections David Christie Murray
  • In some respects their ethical standard is not that of the mother country.

  • It is solitude—and solitude is the mother country of the strong.

    My New Curate P.A. Sheehan
  • There were some difficulties with the mother country that men were discussing.

    A Little Girl in Old Salem

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • If we have no regard for America, let us at least respect the mother country.

    A Little Maid of Old Maine Alice Turner Curtis
British Dictionary definitions for mother country

mother country

noun
1.
the original country of colonists or settlers
2.
another term for fatherland
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