moth·​er·​land | \ˈmə-t͟hər-ˌland \

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 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 Cultural bonds, and the growing wealth of the motherland, are powerful forces to pull them back. The Economist, "Tuscan whineLong-term Chinese immigrants in Italy," 17 May 2018 But in my motherland, having a beautiful smile, being happy and feeling good is not only a crime but a cardinal sin. Thomas Erdbrink, New York Times, "Iran’s Shaming of Young Dancer Draws Backlash," 9 July 2018 And the overwhelmed sons of the motherland dug in and emerged triumphant against improbable odds. Brian Straus,, "Dogged Russia Continues World Cup Run, Brings Spain's Celebrated Era to an End," 1 July 2018 Russia's World Cup soccer team, metamorphosed from national laughingstock to heroes of the motherland in less than a week. Fox News, "Russian fans celebrate once-maligned team as heroes," 19 June 2018 Batekhin’s motherland is a running theme in his collection. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Occhii, a Buzzy New York Label, Creates Clothes From Discarded Scarves," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of motherland

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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