fatherland

[ fah-th er-land ]
/ ˈfɑ ðərˌlænd /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. father time,
  2. father's day,
  3. father, forgive them, for they know not what they do,
  4. father-in-law,
  5. fatherhood,
  6. fatherless,
  7. fatherly,
  8. fathogram,
  9. fathom,
  10. fathomable

Origin of fatherland

First recorded in 1615–25; father + land

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British Dictionary definitions for fatherland

fatherland

/ (ˈfɑːðəˌlænd) /

noun

a person's native country
the country of a person's ancestors
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Word Origin and History for fatherland

fatherland

n.

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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