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 Their great contributions to our motherland and our nation will be immortalized in the annals of history, and their noble spirit will live on forever in the hearts of the Chinese people. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, 1 July 2021 For his contribution to the defense of the motherland, Sakharov received the Hero of Socialist Labor award and a comfortable place in the scientific élite. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 20 June 2021 My first experience was in the motherland itself, Mongolia. Washington Post, 18 June 2021 To avoid his capture, the party sent him to the Soviet Union as an aviation engineer, putting his talent and Italy's expertise in the field -- at the time among the best in the world -- at the service of the motherland. Jacopo Prisco, CNN, 3 June 2021 So in America's early days as an English colony, colonists largely took style cues from the motherland—including a penchant for chinoiserie, especially among the elite. Stefanie Waldek, House Beautiful, 14 May 2021 After all, as there is no such thing as a choice of mother tongue, there is no such thing as a choice of motherland, or, for that matter, of a mother. Sigrid Nunez, The New York Review of Books, 11 May 2021 Making motherland food not only helps Zauner cope but also deepens the connection to her Korean heritage with every homemade meal. Jinnie Lee, Vogue, 19 Apr. 2021 Our meeting is serendipitous as Savage’s music has actually been a sounding guide, a hymnal of sorts, that subconsciously encouraged me to move across the Atlantic, from New York to the motherland. Danielle Kwateng, Allure, 16 Apr. 2021

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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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14 Jul 2021

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“Motherland.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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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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