home·​land ˈhōm-ˌland How to pronounce homeland (audio)
 also  -lənd
: native land : fatherland
: a state or area set aside to be a state for a people of a particular national, cultural, or racial origin
especially : bantustan

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 Some 600 ancient Italian artifacts—once stolen, trafficked and sold to museums and collectors in the United States—have returned to their homeland. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 May 2024 Such painstaking puzzle work paves the way for the repatriation of Russian soldiers to their homeland. Dominique Soguel, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 May 2024 Yet many Jews would say denying their right to an unfettered homeland is indeed antisemitic. Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times, 22 May 2024 Baseball arrived in Spain early in the 20th century, brought by Caribbeans returning to their ancestral homeland in the wake of the Spanish-American War. Kurt Aguilar, Miami Herald, 21 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for homeland 

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1627, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of homeland was circa 1627

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“Homeland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homeland. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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home·​land ˈhōm-ˌland How to pronounce homeland (audio)
: native land : fatherland

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