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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Wilkinson didn't know how Sanders would react, or whether Trump's chief spokeswoman had been called out in a restaurant before - as the president's homeland security secretary had been days earlier. Author: Avi Selk, Sarah Murray, Anchorage Daily News, "Why a small-town restaurant owner asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave - and says she would do it again," 24 June 2018 By definition, a refugee is one who flees their homeland, often to escape persecution, war, gang violence or something else. Michael Katz, idahostatesman, "Seeking safety after war-torn pasts, refugees become citizens and are 'reborn' in Boise," 23 June 2018 Alex Wong/Getty Images President Donald Trump is screaming mad at his homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, for failing to stop people from coming to the US without papers. Dara Lind, Vox, "Donald Trump is reportedly furious that the US can’t shut down the border," 11 May 2018 Michael Chertoff, who was homeland security secretary during the George W. Bush administration, is a co-chair of the commission. Sophie Tatum, CNN, "Biden joins global effort to prevent election interference," 11 May 2018 The program allows the homeland security secretary to temporarily admit foreign nationals into the United States for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit. Maxine Bernstein, OregonLive.com, "Iraqi man who illegally used U.S. government insignia gets probation," 10 Apr. 2018 Kelly, then the homeland security secretary, was appointed chief of staff late last July, the news was met with enthusiasm. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "'When you lose that power': How John Kelly faded as White House disciplinarian," 7 Apr. 2018 What could be more poetically Korean-American then the image of her, happy and exuberant (and blonde), beloved and triumphant in her parents’ homeland, the Stars and Stripes around her shoulders? Ed Park, The Cut, "One dad on the stories he and his sons share.," 6 Mar. 2018 The homeland security secretary has also been in touch with state and local officials. San Antonio Express-News, "Sheriff: 17 dead, suspect had at least 1 rifle in Florida school shooting," 14 Feb. 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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the setting in which something occurs

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