old country

noun

often capitalized O&C
: an emigrant's country of origin
especially : one in Europe
usually used with the

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web My Grandma immigrated from the old country: now Croatia. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 1 Jan. 2023 In those years, Grief had become a peculiar relation from the old country, one who kept apart and spoke another language. Kathy Flann, Washington Post, 8 Dec. 2022 For decades, The Venetian became a social hub for local Italian-Americans and others who wanted authentic food from the old country. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 21 Nov. 2022 After seeing that Meghan Markle was getting quite a bit of vitriol online following the release of her and husband Prince Harry’s new Netflix documentary series, the 32-year-old country music star came to the Duchess of Sussex’s defense. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 12 Dec. 2022 The 67-year-old country singer is on the fall leg of her Reba: Live in Concert tour. Dallas News, 12 Oct. 2022 Go holiday shopping in the old country, sample dark ales, listen to princesses or a jazz artist sing and pick out a Christmas tree or ornaments. John Coffren, Baltimore Sun, 24 Nov. 2022 My current music collection has a lot of A lot of blues, soul and old country. Liza Lentini, SPIN, 30 Sep. 2022 The collection, recorded over a series of sessions in and around New Orleans, was a profound, beautiful document of a singer, weakened by age, reflecting on his life over a collection of mostly old country standards from his youth. Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone, 20 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1751, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of old country was in 1751

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Cite this Entry

“Old country.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/old%20country. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

old country

noun
: the country that a person has emigrated from

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