Definition of mother country
1 : the country of one's parents or ancestors; also : fatherland
2 : the country from which the people of a colony or former colony derive their origin
3 : a country that is the origin of something
Examples of mother country in a sentence
Greece can boast to being the mother country of democracy.
even after decades of living in their adopted nation, they maintained a strong attachment to the mother country
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MOTHER COUNTRY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mother country for English Language Learners
: the country where people who live in a colony or former colony came from
: the country where you were born or where your family came from
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