[hohm-land, -luh nd]


one's native land.
a region created or considered as a state by or for a people of a particular ethnic origin: the Palestinian homeland.
any of the thirteen racially and ethnically based regions created in South Africa by the South African government as nominally independent tribal ministates to which blacks are assigned.

Origin of homeland

First recorded in 1660–70; home + land
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Related Words for homeland

motherland, home

Examples from the Web for homeland

Contemporary Examples of homeland

Historical Examples of homeland

  • I wish the book might be read by all the Christians in the homeland.

    Things as They Are

    Amy Wilson-Carmichael

  • Might he not be the bearer of important and good news from the homeland?

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson

  • I send them all my compliments from the homeland, and ask the reader, if he will, to do likewise.

  • The homeland seemed strange at first, but they soon got used to things.

    Have We No Rights?

    Mabel Williamson

  • Young fellow only thirty, dying so far away from his homeland.

    Each Man Kills

    Victoria Glad

British Dictionary definitions for homeland



the country in which one lives or was born
the official name for a Bantustan
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Word Origin and History for homeland

1660s, from home (n.) + land (n.). Old English hamland meant "enclosed pasture."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper