- one's native country.
- the land of one's ancestors.
Origin of fatherland
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Examples from the Web for fatherland
Throughout the late 1960s and 1970s, many old Nazis managed discreetly to trickle back to what they regarded as the Fatherland.Hitler’s Henchmen in Arabia
December 7, 2014
For his loyal work on behalf of Putin, Zharov was duly awarded for his “service to the Fatherland.”Meet the Censors, Propagandists and Outright Liars Who Won Putin’s Pulitzers
May 5, 2014
Lieut. Wilhelm Winter says at the outset that he is fighting for the Fatherland, but by 1941 he is fighting for the Fuhrer.‘Generation War’ Lets World War II Germans Off Too Easily
January 26, 2014
From his revolutionary comrades in Cuba, he borrowed the slogan “patria, socialismo o muerte”—fatherland, socialism or death.
The fatherland is a shambles, Bolivarian socialism has failed, and Comandante Chávez is dead.
The plains were fatherland and mother-country, home and kindred, to Tom.The Village Watch-Tower
(AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
There, in his fatherland, he will exhibit his own type of Christianity.Slavery Ordained of God
Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
In the meantime both my brothers have died fighting for the Fatherland.Blood and Iron
John Hubert Greusel
So that, by reason of their fatherland, each several citizen can live at quiet and secure.Hiero
And herein it is open to us to praise both his fatherland and his family.Agesilaus
- a person's native country
- the country of a person's ancestors
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Word Origin and History for fatherland
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