from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The native country of an immigrant.

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  • n. The country of origin of an immigrant or of a person of immigrant descent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the country of origin of an immigrant


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  • He's a learner from the old country – a tzadik, a saint; but every time he sees in the street a child with torn feet, he calls them in and patches them up.

    Hungry Hearts

  • Certainly there could have been no more appropriate farewell gift to Page from the English town whose name so closely links the old country with the United States.

    The Life and Letters of Walter H Page

  • The aviophobia he suffered from kept him on the ground, dreaming of living out his life as an old country doc.

    Starfleet Academy: The Edge

  • His grave is in the old country churchyard at Birchington.

    Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great

  • Ellery Davenport was refurbishing and refurnishing the old country house, where Harry and Tina had spent those days of their childhood which it was now an amusement to recall, and Tina was as gladly, joyously beautiful as young womanhood can be in which, as in a transparent vase, the light of pure love and young hope has been lighted.

    Oldtown Folks

  • He lived to see many Christmas-trees "at home," in that old country where the robins are redbreasts, and sing in winter.

    The Brownies and Other Tales

  • In the old country great folks is very often laid out in their clothes. 'member, when I was a boy, old Mr. Sanger, the minister in Deerbrook, was laid out in his gown and bands, with a Bible in his hands, and he looked as nateral as a pictur.

    Oldtown Folks

  • Ellen Ross was as smart a gal as ever was raised in these clearings – her parents were old country folks, and she had most grand larning, and was out and out a regular first-rater.

    Sketches and Tales Illustrative of Life in the Backwoods of New Brunswick, North America

  • It was an ancient clan custom in the old country that somewhere near the dwelling of the oldest woman of the laird's family would be the Shrieking Tree.

    Noble House

  • All that time, Ta-Kumsaw had been talking to Becca in his Isaac voice, and she to him in her deep melodious way of speech, which had just the slightest hint of foreignness to it, like some of the Dutch in the area around Vigor Church, who'd been in America all their lives but still had a trace of the old country in their talk.

    He Don't Know Him


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