mother country

noun

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

First Known Use of mother country

1567

mother country Synonyms

Synonyms
cradle, home, birthplace, motherland
Related Words
hometown; Blighty [chiefly British], country, nativity, old country, roots

MOTHER COUNTRY Defined for English Language Learners

mother country

noun

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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