one's native land.
the land of one's ancestors.
a country considered as the origin or source of something.

Origin of motherland

First recorded in 1705–15; mother1 + land Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for motherland

homeland, motherland, fatherland, home, birthplace

Examples from the Web for motherland

Contemporary Examples of motherland

Historical Examples of motherland

  • The French army surrendered, and part of it was shipped back to the motherland.

    The False Chevalier

    William Douw Lighthall

  • Their passionate devotion to their faith is only rivalled by their passionate devotion to the Motherland.

    My New Curate

    P.A. Sheehan

  • Every inch of our motherland regained is sweet and precious to us.

  • A crown is woven for our motherland: Is it life's laurels or the martyr's thorns?

    Life Immovable

    Kostes Palamas

  • It followed, of course, that the motherland was superior to her children overseas.

British Dictionary definitions for motherland



another word for fatherland
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Word Origin and History for motherland

1711, from mother (n.1) + land (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper