home·​land | \ ˈhōm-ˌland also -lənd How to pronounce homeland (audio) \

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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Amnesty International has said Uyghurs face widespread discrimination in housing, education and employment as well as curtailed religious freedom in their homeland. Steven Jiang, CNN, "Chinese Uyghurs forced to welcome Communist Party into their homes," 14 May 2018 Hakan Sukur, a prolific forward for Turkey, is a prominent politician in his homeland. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "'Brazil's Donald Trump': World Cup fate impacts far-right presidential candidate," 6 July 2018 While the British now ruled the area, the Mandate explicitly gave Britain the responsibility to create a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Billy Perrigo, Time, "Prince William Is Visiting the Middle East. Here's What to Know About Britain's Controversial Role in Shaping the Region," 25 June 2018 Her stunning buildings run the gamut from low-income housing to libraries in her homeland. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "60 Seconds with...Mariam Kamara," 22 Jan. 2019 Christian Covington, the third-year defensive end for the Texans, was back in his homeland hosting a free football camp for kids in his old neighborhood. Jenny Vrentas, SI.com, "For Many NFL Players, Summer Doesn't Bring Much of a Break," 9 July 2018 Days after taking office in April, the new national security adviser, John R. Bolton, forced out the homeland security adviser, Thomas P. Bossert. New York Times, BostonGlobe.com, "Policy on cyberattacks gets more aggressive," 18 June 2018 Days after taking office in April, the new national security adviser, John R. Bolton, forced out the homeland security adviser, Thomas P. Bossert, in part because of his discomfort that Mr. Bossert had direct access to the president. David E. Sanger, New York Times, "Pentagon Puts Cyberwarriors on the Offensive, Increasing the Risk of Conflict," 17 June 2018 Still, recent news that the death toll in their homeland was dramatically undercounted weighs on the families and on the La Causa community. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After surviving Hurricane Maria, families left Puerto Rico and found homes in Milwaukee," 7 June 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 How to pronounce homeland (audio) \

Kids Definition of homeland

: the country a person comes from

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