[fah-th er-land]


one's native country.
the land of one's ancestors.

Origin of fatherland

First recorded in 1615–25; father + land
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Related Words for fatherland

motherland, home

Examples from the Web for fatherland

Contemporary Examples of fatherland

Historical Examples of fatherland

  • 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.



  • And herein it is open to us to praise both his fatherland and his family.



British Dictionary definitions for fatherland



a person's native country
the country of a person's ancestors
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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."

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