motherland

[ muhth-er-land ]
/ ˈmʌð ərˌlænd /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. motherese,
  2. motherfucker,
  3. motherhood,
  4. mothering,
  5. mothering sunday,
  6. motherless,
  7. motherly,
  8. mothers' day,
  9. mothership,
  10. motherwell

Origin of motherland

First recorded in 1705–15; mother1 + land

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British Dictionary definitions for motherland

motherland

/ (ˈmʌðəˌlænd) /

noun

another word for fatherland
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Word Origin and History for motherland

motherland

n.

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

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