home·​land | \ ˈhōm-ˌland also -lənd How to pronounce homeland (audio) \

Definition of homeland

1 : native land : fatherland
2 : a state or area set aside to be a state for a people of a particular national, cultural, or racial origin especially : bantustan

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Examples of homeland in a Sentence

He returned to his homeland for the first time in many years. The rebels are fighting for an independent homeland.

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The 20-year-old striker is making a name for himself in his homeland after his superb start to the season, with those abroad now starting to take note of what is highly talented young forward with an exciting career ahead of him. SI.com, "Donyell Malen: 7 Things to Know About the In-Form PSV Striker," 15 Sep. 2019 By the end of The Spy’s first hour, Eli Cohen has transformed into Kamel Amin Thaabeth, a wealthy Syrian textile magnate whose goal is to return to, and invest in, his homeland. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, "Sacha Baron Cohen puts his subterfuge skills to good use in Netflix's The Spy," 5 Sep. 2019 His goal is to create a better future for children in his homeland, where residents in what is considered one of the poorest countries in the world survive on $1.25 a day. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Lakewood High School house principal and Fairview Park resident returns to Malawi, overwhelmed by nonprofit’s impact," 29 July 2019 In early January 2016, the Obama administration also launched an effort to find and deport immigrant families who had been ordered to leave the U.S. Jeh Johnson, homeland security secretary at the time, said about 121 people had been arrested. Alex Leary, WSJ, "U.S. Cities Prepare for Federal Immigration Raids," 22 June 2019 Rex Tillerson, the former secretary of state, and Kirstjen Nielsen, the former homeland security secretary, irked Mr Trump. The Economist, "Patrick Shanahan stands aside from the DoD," 21 June 2019 Traditional wisdom holds that the Mongols began growing their empire due to inhospitable conditions in their homeland. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Who were the Mongols?," 21 June 2019 Especially not to people who are attempting to flee violence in their homeland that’s a direct result of our intervention. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Americans Can't Admit Concentration Camps Exist in the U.S. Because They're Shameless," 20 June 2019 Then, late Thursday, the White House put out an official statement from Rear Admiral Peter J. Brown, the president’s homeland security and counterterrorism adviser. Washington Post, "Mr Never Wrong: Storm spat underscores Trump’s mindset," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of homeland

circa 1627, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of homeland was circa 1627

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English Language Learners Definition of homeland

: the country where someone was born or grew up
: a usually large area where a particular group of people can live


home·​land | \ ˈhōm-ˌland How to pronounce homeland (audio) \

Kids Definition of homeland

: the country a person comes from

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