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 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, "‘Lost, at Sea, at Odds’," 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, "Michelle Zauner on Her New Memoir, and the Joy of Korean Cooking," 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, "Tiwa Savage, the Queen of Afrobeats, Fights the Patriarchy," 16 Apr. 2021 Author Devesh Kapur estimates Indian America is nine times more educated than the motherland. Sanjena Sathian, Time, "How the Pressure of the Model Minority Myth Restricts Our Imagination—and Our Freedom," 9 Apr. 2021 For months, the group, which includes writers and translators living in self-exile from Iran as well as others still living there, has sought ways to ensure its members’ voices are heard in the motherland. Melissa Etehad, Los Angeles Times, "Banned books, forbidden topics: Some writers aim to smuggle what Iran censors," 5 Mar. 2021 Well, the Beacon Hill Times article did confirm the family’s connection to Spain — but as a summer destination, not a motherland. Washington Post, "From an Instagram joke to an Alec Baldwin rant: The Hilaria Baldwin accent controversy, explained," 28 Dec. 2020 This happened in the motherland of modern democracy. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, "As US democracy stumbles, the world watches and wonders," 8 Jan. 2021 Shakespeare and Company remains the motherland to writers and book lovers alike, and the young man's movements reflected that. Steve Straessle, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | STEVE STRAESSLE: Lost in books," 28 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of motherland

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 May 2021

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“Motherland.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 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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