mother country

noun
|Updated on: 9 Jul 2018

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

  1. Greece can boast to being the mother country of democracy.

  2. even after decades of living in their adopted nation, they maintained a strong attachment to the mother country

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First Known Use of mother country

1567

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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MOTHER COUNTRY Defined for English Language Learners

mother country

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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