from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One's native land.
- n. The land of one's ancestors.
- n. A country considered as the origin of something.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The country of one's ancestors.
- n. The country of one's birth.
- n. Country of origin.
- n. Mother country in contrast to its colonies.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The country of one's ancestors; -- same as fatherland.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The land of one's origin; fatherland; the land whence a people originally sprang.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the country where you were born
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That was my first time in Africa, what I call the motherland, the land from which our people came.
We have stood deaf, mute and blind as our motherland is raped by land-grabbing raiders and marauders from the Middle East to India.
There are sensitive words everywhere - our motherland is so sensitive.
Has our native soil, this land we call our motherland, so slight a hold upon us?
While I've never been down with the romantic image of any "motherland" -- all land is sacred, if you treat it as such -- there is something to the idea that African music has an ancient soul.
He began by talking about the use and misuse of language, what brought him to the UK - the 'motherland' - and, from there, on a journey through British racism.
1The difference in conceptualizing a geographic region as a hinterland rather than as a motherland is like the dissimilarity in being remembered as bystanders to an event rather than as people who made history.
They said that their return to the motherland is part of the renewal of their allegiance to his majesty king Mohammed vi (a french - speaking daily “aujourd (hui le Maroc” reported on wednsday 27/12/2007)
For me, love of the motherland is a personal thing, and I do not want to put it on show by singing the anthem in the company of others ….
Parents are not leaders, but parents, and citizens are not the 'children' of a nation, even it's called the motherland, fatherland, or homeland -- a home is where a family lives, not the basis of a national political system.