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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Then, late Thursday, the White House put out an official statement from Rear Admiral Peter J. Brown, the president’s homeland security and counterterrorism adviser. Washington Post, "Mr Never Wrong: Storm spat underscores Trump’s mindset," 6 Sep. 2019 After an outcry and pressure from lawmakers, Michael Chertoff, the secretary of homeland security at the time, stepped in and granted parole in place to Jimenez's wife. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Soldier's immigrant mother could be among the last to benefit from program," 22 Aug. 2019 Orange County officials said Lockheed is an example of modeling, simulation and training; aviation and aerospace; and homeland security and defense. Jason Garcia, orlandosentinel.com, "Universal to get state money to build road to new Epic Universe park | Exclusive," 15 Aug. 2019 The state spent tens of millions of dollars in homeland security funds for a statewide communication system. Lynn Arditi, ProPublica, "Going Quiet: More States Are Hiding 911 Recordings From Families, Lawyers and the General Public," 16 July 2019 During his two-year course of study at MCC, earning a degree in criminal justice with a certificate in homeland security, Mozzicato found support from his wife Carol and his two daughters. courant.com, "Community News For The South Windsor Edition," 11 July 2019 Entrepreneurial challenges, too The river's swift current, heavy freighter traffic, and homeland security concerns along the international border with Canada could all hinder potential new ventures. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Tiki boats could be start of untapped business opportunity on Detroit River," 22 Aug. 2019 By denying the Jewish claim to a homeland, the BDS Movement is fundamentally incompatible with a two-state solution and pushes the cause of peace for both Israel and the Palestinians further out of reach. Fox News, "Members of Israeli parliament to Congress: Resolution opposing Israel boycott is 'dangerous to Israel'," 13 Aug. 2019 Anand began poring through early travellers’ accounts of his homeland’s largely forgotten past. Paul Salopek, The New Yorker, "Walking the Path of the Buddha in a Neglected Corner of India," 9 Aug. 2019

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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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