- the country of one's birth or ancestry.
- the country of origin of settlers or colonists in a place.
Origin of mother country
First recorded in 1580–90
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Examples from the Web for mother country
The plains were fatherland and mother-country, home and kindred, to Tom.The Village Watch-Tower
(AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
It provided the sanction for the break with the mother-country that was contemplated.
The quarreling between colonies and the mother-country was an old story.A Virginia Scout
What are you but the small little brat of the mother-country?
Accessions from the mother-country were made to their numbers.Great Events in the History of North and South America
Charles A. Goodrich
- the original country of colonists or settlers
- another term for fatherland
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