mother country


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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Many British people felt that Auden had abandoned his mother country in its time of greatest need, and this was not soon forgotten. Alan Jacobs, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 As the disagreements between the Colonies and the mother country worsened, Benjamin Franklin, over a period of three months in late 1774 and early 1775, regularly visited Caroline’s home to play chess. Barbara Spindel, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Sep. 2021 At a steakhouse chain in the middle of Kentucky -- more than 5,000 miles away from its mother country -- the Ukrainian flag still flies. Arkansas Online, 16 Apr. 2022 When Britain needed labor after the Second World War, the Caribbean answered the call and many moved to the mother country seeking opportunities unavailable to them at home. Kehinde Andrews, CNN, 30 Mar. 2022 And the long silences, late saliences of God and sound set like glyphs in the mother country, childhood. Christian Wiman, The New Yorker, 6 Dec. 2021 For as Brand points out, the Loyalists were regarded as traitors for not having betrayed their country or, more precisely, their mother country., 4 Nov. 2021 The bread conceals just two principal ingredients: prosciutto di Parma, straight from the mother country, and fior di latte, a fresh cow’s milk mozzarella from the Grande Cheese Company in Wisconsin. Washington Post, 16 June 2021 At this time, Amar points out, the individual Colonies were more in touch with the mother country than with one another. Barbara Spindel, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of mother country

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mother country was in 1567

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“Mother country.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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