old country

noun, often capitalized O&C

Definition of old country 

: an emigrant's country of origin especially : one in Europe usually used with the

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He was found in the basement of his home in a wealthy neighborhood less than a mile from one of the area’s oldest country clubs. Jonathan Drew, The Seattle Times, "Developer’s mysterious dog-leash death ruled a homicide," 23 July 2018 In older countries like the UK, where the societies had carved up the land over thousands of years, no such deliberate pattern is found. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "Why the U.S. Looks Like a Big, Green Grid From the Sky," 10 Nov. 2017 But with the Armenian diaspora, the dancing, which continued as a way to keep connected to the old country, became even more individualistic, Rapkievian says, noting that the dances were further influenced by the host countries. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian, "How Armenian Dance Adapted Over Time and Place," 26 June 2018 Those who grew up in the old country weren’t taught such things in village schools. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "On Independence Day, thanking my family for coming to America," 3 July 2018 If a Jew came to a village in the old country somewhere . . . Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "They survived the Holocaust, and then he rescued her from communism. Sixty-five years later, they’ve reunited.," 9 July 2018 Oddly, the oldest traditions continue more in the U.S. than in the old country, Gary Lind-Sinanian said. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian, "How Armenian Dance Adapted Over Time and Place," 26 June 2018 Dalton has continued to exist at a crossroads of old country, soul and folk since. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Lacy J. Dalton still making good music after all these years," 14 June 2018 As my father knew well, duty could not be so easily left behind in the old country. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "We Are Scientists," 5 June 2018

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1751, in the meaning defined above

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