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old country

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noun
  1. the original home country of an immigrant or a person's ancestors, especially a European country.
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Origin of old country

First recorded in 1775–85
Related formsold-coun·try, adjective
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Examples from the Web for old country

Historical Examples

  • Would you mind if he played over some of our old-country songs?

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • If you find neatness at an hostel, it is kept by old-country people.

    Canada and the Canadians

    Sir Richard Henry Bonnycastle

  • The way those Australians do business shames us old-country folk.

    Ravenshoe

    Henry Kingsley

  • In her excitement she had lapsed into old-country expression.

    The Higher Court

    Mary Stewart Daggett

  • Mrs. Zack and Almeria in rainbow garments; the Davidsons in sensible homespun; the Wynns in old-country garb, were prominent.

    Cedar Creek

    Elizabeth Hely Walshe


British Dictionary definitions for old country

old country

noun
  1. the country of origin of an immigrant or an immigrant's ancestors
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