mother country


noun

the country of one's birth or ancestry.
the country of origin of settlers or colonists in a place.

Nearby words

  1. mother,
  2. mother carey's chicken,
  3. mother cell,
  4. mother church,
  5. mother city,
  6. mother cyst,
  7. mother earth,
  8. mother figure,
  9. mother goddess,
  10. mother goose

Origin of mother country

First recorded in 1580–90

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British Dictionary definitions for mother country

mother country

noun

the original country of colonists or settlers
another term for fatherland
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