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

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The rivalry between the motherland and its former colony in five-day matches has produced many of the sport’s most memorable individual performances. M.j., The Economist, "The Ashes will feature the weakest pair of cricket teams in decades," 31 July 2019 The motherland, which is home to 54 countries and over 1.2 billion people has always been a place of great resources and powerful minds. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "Africa’s Tech Industry Is Booming And It's Time The World Takes Note," 23 July 2019 The most perspicacious of the English understood that as soon as Americans started to get beyond the Appalachian mountains, we would be cut off from the motherland. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "You’re Free on Independence Day," 4 July 2019 Each is designed to highlight the ingredients, some imported from the motherland, and others produced locally. Destination Canada, Bon Appétit, "8 Not-to-Be-Missed Restaurants in Edmonton," 14 June 2019 With every royal visit, especially from the Wales brothers and their wives, the idea of cutting the apron strings from the colonial motherland becomes a tougher call. Juliet Rieden, Town & Country, "Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Tour of Australia Is Crucial to the Future of the Monarchy," 1 Nov. 2018 The Soviets saw American carriers as both delivery platforms capable of launching thermonuclear airstrikes against the motherland and as hunters of the USSR’s own nuclear ballistic missile fleet. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The True Story of the Russian Kursk Submarine Disaster," 28 Sep. 2018 Now, Fluellen is back to finish off Season 1 with nine new episodes from the motherland, starting April 6 on UMC. Darcel Rockett,, "Meet World Wide Nate, a local showing us the beauty of Africa," 4 Apr. 2018 Russia’s World Cup soccer team, metamorphosed from national laughingstock to heroes of the motherland in less than a week. Washington Post, "Russian fans celebrate once-maligned team as heroes," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of motherland

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of motherland was in 1565

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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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