old country

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

Origin of old country

First recorded in 1775–85

Other words from old country

  • old-country, adjective

Words Nearby old country

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How to use old country in a sentence

  • And so much the rest of the story reads more like a police blotter than a saga of good old country music.

    The Mindy McCready I Knew | Laurence Leamer | February 19, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • So I made him come down with me to Englehart, that dear old country seat of my family in the Western shires which was now mine.

    Uncanny Tales | Various
  • It was clear that our mission was popular, and clear too that affection for the old country was warm and lively.

  • The landlady, clad in a low-necked black dress with long sweeping train, was typical of many we saw in the old-country hotels.

  • Somebody left Atterly a pile of money, and he is going back to the old country.

    Winston of the Prairie | Harold Bindloss
  • When I'm given long leave, I'm going to blow 'em out by taking the boy back to the old country.

    Menotah | Ernest G. Henham

British Dictionary definitions for old country

old country

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

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