home·​land | \ ˈhōm-ˌland How to pronounce homeland (audio) 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The band is also responsible for one in every 13 visitors to South Korea annually, as superfans attend concerts or make Mecca-like pilgrimages to the members' homeland. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "BTS members’ net worth balloons by millions as their music label stages a massive IPO," 15 Oct. 2020 Hannah Arendt finished her classic work on totalitarianism in the early 1950s, after barely escaping Germany with her life, leaving friends and homeland behind. New York Times, "The First Amendment in the age of disinformation.," 13 Oct. 2020 That paradox runs like a wire through this book, which so poignantly expresses the loneliness of pining for one’s own homeland. Ron Charles Critic, Washington Post, "Ayad Akhtar’s play ‘Disgraced’ won a Pulitzer Prize. Now ‘Homeland Elegies’ shows what that success cost him.," 31 Aug. 2020 But, Alrawi said Arabs are not abandoning the goals of peace between Israel and the Palestinians, a two-state solution and a Palestinian homeland. Amy Kellogg, Fox News, "Pompeo's Mideast trip vital to advancing goal of peace, analyst tells Fox News," 27 Aug. 2020 Yet granting Palestinians citizenship in one state would end the Israeli state as a Jewish homeland. Trudy Rubin, Star Tribune, "Israel-UAE deal won't resolve the Palestine problem," 21 Aug. 2020 Tom Bossert, a homeland security adviser who recommended strong defenses against disease and biological warfare, left in 2018. Politifact Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Fact-checking the 2020 vice presidential debate: Kamala Harris vs. Mike Pence," 8 Oct. 2020 Bolton fired Tom Bossert, the homeland security adviser, realigning the post to report directly to him. Author: Glenn Kessler, Salvador Rizzo, Meg Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Fact-checking the vice presidential debate between Pence and Harris," 8 Oct. 2020 Beyond that border, was the Yazidi homeland where the faithful practice a religion that predates Islam by 3,000 years. Scott Pelley, CBS News, "Nadia Murad's vow to take ISIS to court, and her heartbreaking return home," 4 Oct. 2020

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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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28 Oct 2020

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“Homeland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homeland. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce homeland (audio)

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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