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)

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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 Schools are emerging as ideological battlegrounds as officials seek to transform freethinking students into patriots loyal to the motherland through punishment, coercion, surveillance and propaganda-style education. Washington Post, "Teachers face threats, books are banned as China pushes party line in Hong Kong schools," 7 July 2020 Filmed from below, to give him extra height, President Putin appealed to his people to vote on a package of constitutional changes, for the sake of the motherland that millions of Russians died to defend against Hitler. The Economist, "Parade’s end A phoney referendum shows Putin’s legitimacy is fading," 4 July 2020 Both are efforts to instill what the government views as the appropriate type of patriotism, and force love of a motherland that many see as an oppressor. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, "A Stubborn Leader, a Broken System," 18 June 2020 China, however, considers loyalty to the motherland a component of survival. Suzanne Sataline, The Atlantic, "The Challenge to China From Hong Kong's 'Sense of Country'," 21 May 2020 Students who attended Mandarin classes had felt the pandemic provided an opportunity to show support for their parents’ motherland. Los Angeles Times, "Residents of Mexicali’s Chinatown face prejudice, blow to culture with coronavirus," 17 Apr. 2020 Patriotic people who love their motherland—or adopted land—are everywhere in the world, but there is arguably no one as enthusiastically keen to demonstrate it as Americans. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "How socialism became anti-American," 26 Feb. 2020 Though some in the older generation also identify as Hong Kongers, many instead identify as Chinese and call China their motherland. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Family feuds and social media spats: The generational divide that's splitting apart Hong Kong," 9 July 2019 The statue of Hanuman Murti (inset above), god of courage, was a gift from a swami in the motherland to consecrate Sri Dattatreya Yoga Centre in 2003. Omar Mouallem, WSJ, "Trinidad: A Caribbean Vacation With an Indian Flavor," 17 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of motherland

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Jul 2020

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“Motherland.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of motherland

: the country where you were born or where your family came from

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