mother country

noun

Definition of mother country

  1. 1 :  the country of one's parents or ancestors; also :  fatherland

  2. 2 :  the country from which the people of a colony or former colony derive their origin

  3. 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>

1567

First Known Use of mother country

1567


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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