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mother country

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noun
  1. the country of one's birth or ancestry.
  2. the country of origin of settlers or colonists in a place.
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Origin of mother country

First recorded in 1580–90
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words

homelandmotherland

Examples from the Web for mother country

Historical Examples

  • The plains were fatherland and mother-country, home and kindred, to Tom.

    The Village Watch-Tower

    (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin

  • It provided the sanction for the break with the mother-country that was contemplated.

  • The quarreling between colonies and the mother-country was an old story.

    A Virginia Scout

    Hugh Pendexter

  • What are you but the small little brat of the mother-country?

  • Accessions from the mother-country were made to their numbers.


British Dictionary definitions for mother country

mother country

noun
  1. the original country of colonists or settlers
  2. another term for fatherland
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