moth·​er·​land ˈmə-t͟hər-ˌland How to pronounce motherland (audio)
: 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 Several Italian-American owners already had the idea of returning to the motherland, as all-conquering, billionaire heroes from the New World. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 30 Mar. 2024 In each armed conflict, they were reminded of their motherland and were further radicalized, witnessing the dehumanization of Mexican civilians. Sarah Quiñones Wolfson, Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar. 2024 England is the motherland of croquet, with Wimbledon founded in 1868 as the All England Croquet Club. Chris MacIas -, Sacramento Bee, 1 Feb. 2024 Very few of their assets have been confiscated by Western countries – and the Kremlin has given them a stark choice: support the motherland or lose everything. Tim Lister, CNN, 29 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for motherland 

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Motherland.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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