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 But whereas Toscanini was a vocal critic of fascism who abandoned Italy, the country of his birth, Furtwängler took a more measured approach and refused to leave his homeland after the Nazis came to power. David Mermelstein, WSJ, 12 Oct. 2021 For nearly a year, San Pasqual Band tribal elder, artist and cultural committee member Contreras has worked to organize Monday’s celebration with staff at the Safari Park, which lies on land that was his tribe’s original homeland. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Oct. 2021 Most of the roughly 15,000 who reached the Del Rio camp were returned to Haiti or opted to cross back into Mexico to avoid being sent to their destitute homeland. Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2021 The only tree that lanternflies kill outright is the tree of heaven (Ailanthus), an invasive plant from the bugs' Asian homeland. Leanne Potts, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Oct. 2021 Leaving behind her successful writing career and teaching position, husband, and baby daughter back in the Midwest, Watkins abandons her return flight home to circle Nevada and California, her native homeland. BostonGlobe.com, 30 Sep. 2021 The goal is to ease the successive shocks of escaping one’s homeland and starting anew, said Alex Roth-Kahn, the managing director of UJA-Federation’s human service division. New York Times, 30 Sep. 2021 Tsela Zoksang spoke of melting glaciers, mining, and rapid industrialization in her father’s homeland of Tibet. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, 27 Sep. 2021 The Haitians, whose homeland is reeling from the July assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, an August earthquake and gang violence, hoped to seek asylum in the U.S. Omar Ornelas, USA TODAY, 25 Sep. 2021

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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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“Homeland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homeland. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce homeland (audio) \

Kids Definition of homeland

: the country a person comes from

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