moth·​er·​land | \ ˈmə-t͟hər-ˌland How to pronounce motherland (audio) \

Definition of motherland

2 : a country regarded as a place of origin (as of an idea or a movement)

Examples of motherland in a Sentence

for many oenophiles, France remains the motherland of fine wines all his life he longed to return to his motherland
Recent Examples on the Web If these areas do join Russia, Ukrainian attacks on them using Western arms could in theory be interpreted as an assault on the Russian motherland itself. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 21 Sep. 2022 As promising and established Nigerian stars continue receiving their long overdue shine outside of the motherland, awards show The Headies have been recognizing them since its inception in 2006. Heran Mamo, Billboard, 1 Sep. 2022 And some observers believe that the war might actually speed up convergence on a national Latvian identity, as Russians are forced to confront hard facts about their former motherland. Lenora Chu, The Christian Science Monitor, 31 Aug. 2022 The precision of the war planning, coupled with Putin’s conviction that Ukraine should be reabsorbed by the motherland, left him with no doubts that Putin was prepared to invade. Liz Sly, Washington Post, 16 Aug. 2022 But my parent’s generation — who, to this day, come back from the motherland lugging suitcases stuffed with local cheeses, edible seeds, chiles and candies — never needed any pinche lessons. Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2022 As an expat from the UK, I'm used to waking up to a rash of messages from the motherland and beyond. Adam Charlton, CNN, 17 July 2022 Such a rupture with the motherland is not done lightly. Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2022 For millions of Russians, the war next door and their country’s abrupt transformation into an international pariah has darkened the mood, even as some cling to the belief that Putin is doing only what is necessary to protect the motherland. Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of motherland

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 Sep 2022

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“Motherland.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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