home rule


self-government in local matters by a city, province, state, colony, or the like.

Nearby words

  1. home page,
  2. home plate,
  3. home port,
  4. home range,
  5. home row,
  6. home ruler,
  7. home run,
  8. home schooling,
  9. home scrap,
  10. home screen

Origin of home rule

First recorded in 1855–60

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British Dictionary definitions for home rule

home rule


self-government, esp in domestic affairs
US government the partial autonomy of cities and (in some states) counties, under which they manage their own affairs, with their own charters, etc, within the limits set by the state constitution and laws
the partial autonomy sometimes granted to a national minority or a colony

Home Rule


self-government for Ireland: the goal of the Irish Nationalists from about 1870 to 1920
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Word Origin and History for home rule

home rule


1860, originally in reference to Ireland, from home (n.) + rule (n.).

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