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motherland

[muhth-er-land]
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noun
  1. one's native land.
  2. the land of one's ancestors.
  3. a country considered as the origin or source of something.
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Origin of motherland

First recorded in 1705–15; mother1 + land
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Related Words

homelandmotherlandfatherlandhomebirthplace

Examples from the Web for motherland

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  • 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

motherland

noun
  1. another word for fatherland
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Word Origin and History for motherland

n.

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

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