mother country


mother country

noun

: the country where people who live in a colony or former colony came from

: the country where you were born or where your family came from

Full Definition of MOTHER COUNTRY

1
:  the country from which the people of a colony or former colony derive their origin
2
:  the country of one's parents or ancestors; also :  fatherland
3
:  a country that is the origin of something

Examples of MOTHER COUNTRY

  1. <Greece can boast to being the mother country of democracy.>
  2. <even after decades of living in their adopted nation, they maintained a strong attachment to the mother country>

First Known Use of MOTHER COUNTRY

1587

Related to MOTHER COUNTRY

Synonyms
cradle, home, birthplace, motherland

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