home·​land | \ˈhōm-ˌland also -lənd \

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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That home is Palestina, on the border of Uganda, that was offered up as a Jewish homeland in 1904. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "10 new sci-fi and fantasy books to check out for the rest of October," 15 Oct. 2018 One of its earliest affiliates was the Jewish Labour Movement, which from 1903 campaigned for the twin goals of socialism and a Jewish homeland. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "U.K. Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn Faces Pressure on Anti-Semitism Accusations," 2 Sep. 2018 Christian groups backed the British against Japanese occupiers during World War II, and were once promised a homeland of their own. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "With world's attention on Rohingya Muslims, Christians in Burma also face brutal persecution," 17 Aug. 2018 The Associated Press interviewed several asylum-seekers this past week at a plaza on the border, and each of them cited gang violence as the main factor in fleeing their homelands. Elliot Spagat And Anita Snow, chicagotribune.com, "New directive takes aim at immigrants fleeing gang violence," 16 June 2018 The song means march, march to fight for our homeland. Michelle Kaufman, miamiherald, "Meet South Florida's World Cup fans: Group B," 31 May 2018 Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel With the Syrian civil war worsening, Riham Silan and Abdul Abadeh made the agonizing decision to flee their homeland. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After fleeing war, refugees will open a Syrian restaurant in a redeveloped Milwaukee building," 4 May 2018 College graduates who studied homeland security and law enforcement had a 65% probability of being underemployed in their first job out of school, the report found. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Some 43% of College Grads Are Underemployed in First Job," 26 Oct. 2018 Fans of Trump will claim these measures are just about sending people back to their homelands, and therefore, getting people who did not belong in America out. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Stripping U.S. Citizens of Their Passports Is a Precursor to Genocide," 7 Sep. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of homeland

: the country a person comes from

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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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