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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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 A half-century ago, Filipino seafarers re-created a piece of the old country on this weedy hillside in San Pedro. Joe Mozingo, latimes.com, "One of L.A.'s oldest community gardens thrived for decades. Then the water wars began.," 4 June 2018 Yet a closer look at the early history of the United States and Haiti — proudly, the two oldest countries in this hemisphere — suggests that the relationship was once very different. Ted Widmer, BostonGlobe.com, "How Haiti saved America," 12 Jan. 2018 PGA Tour star Jordan Spieth had heard an old country club rumor about a shadow helping a ball drop into a hole. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "How 48-year-old Tim "Lumpy" Herron made lone eagle on this hole at Colonial | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of old country

1751, in the meaning defined above

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