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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Her husband, Massimiliano Conti, is the chef who 12 years ago was driven by passion to offer the food of his homeland. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Welcome to La Ciccia’s warm embrace in Noe Valley," 20 Feb. 2018 After the civil war white Southerners blamed Abraham Lincoln’s Republicans for laying waste to their homeland, refusing to vote for them over the subsequent century. The Economist, "America’s electoral system gives the Republicans advantages over Democrats," 12 July 2018 This year the food festival will be held at Howl at the Moon in Boston’s Financial District ($30) from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The event showcases 15 eateries that cook authentic dishes of their homeland. Ann Trieger Kurland, BostonGlobe.com, "Flavors from around the world, all in one place," 9 July 2018 The same young boy who used to roll up a book and pretend to be a radio reporter in Somalia now listens to the BBC for news of his homeland and of the camp in Kenya where so many live a squalid existence. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis man lived refugee story: 'These people ... they are running for their lives'," 20 June 2018 Humans should have the right to migrate, especially to the places that benefited so much from the historical exploitation of their homelands. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "Is This the Most Crowded Island in the World? (And Why That Question Matters)," 20 Feb. 2018 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

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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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