fa·​ther·​land | \ ˈfä-t͟hər-ˌland How to pronounce fatherland (audio) \

Definition of fatherland

1 : the native land or country of one's father or ancestors
2 : one's native land or country

Examples of fatherland in a Sentence

though they had lived in their adopted country for many years, the immigrant families never broke their ties with the fatherland entirely
Recent Examples on the Web The Allies turned the highways against the Germans late in the war, quickly flooding the fatherland with men and equipment. Fox News, 18 June 2022 There are many that have to pay a debt to the fatherland. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, 16 Mar. 2020 There is a strong element of it in the Nazi emphasis on ‘‘blood and soil,’’ and the fatherland, and the need for a living space purified of alien and undesirable elements. Joel Achenbach, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Aug. 2019 At one point there’s an extravagant expiration montage, as one fictional, suffering Reich martyr after another dies on camera, for the fatherland. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, 10 May 2018 The bond between America’s most substantial ethnic minority and the national sport of their fatherland is as tight as El Tri’s backline. Roy Bragg, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Jan. 2018 Cincinnati was virtually bilingual, with news from the fatherland at one time printed in the native tongue sold to nearly half of the city. Jeff Suess, Cincinnati.com, 27 Sep. 2017 Ever since the Holocaust, generations of Germans have come to uncomfortable terms with their fatherland’s history. Henry Porter, vanityfair.com, 25 Sep. 2017 At the altar of the fatherland, Bishop Talleyrand led a mass. Merrill Fabry, Time, 13 July 2017 See More

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First Known Use of fatherland

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Fatherland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fatherland. Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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fa·​ther·​land | \ ˈfä-t͟hər-ˌland How to pronounce fatherland (audio) \

Kids Definition of fatherland

: the land of a person's birth

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