[ hohm-land, -luh nd ]
/ ˈhoʊmˌlænd, -lənd /


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.

Nearby words

  1. homebuilding,
  2. homebuyer,
  3. homecoming,
  4. homegirl,
  5. homegrown,
  6. homeland security,
  7. homelands movement,
  8. homeless,
  9. homelessly,
  10. homelessness

Origin of homeland

First recorded in 1660–70; home + land

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British Dictionary definitions for homeland


/ (ˈhəʊmˌlænd) /


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."

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