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fatherland (ˈfɑðərˌlænd Pronunciation for )



  1. a person's native land or country
  2. the land or country of one's ancestors

Word Origin

prob. < Du vaderland, Ger vaterland


View thesaurus entry
= homeland, motherland, native land

Translations for 'fatherland'

  • American English: fatherland If someone is very proud of the country where they or their ancestors were born, they sometimes refer to it as the fatherland. fatherlandsThey were willing to serve the fatherland in its hour of need.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: pátria
  • Chinese: 祖国祖国國
  • European Spanish: patria
  • French: patrie
  • German: Vaterland
  • Italian: patria
  • Japanese: 祖国
  • Korean: 모국
  • Portuguese: pátria
  • Spanish: patria

Example Sentences Including 'fatherland'

This range was our fatherland ; among these mountains our tipis were hidden.
Spellman, Cathy Cash Paint the Wind (1990)
The majority, however, appear to be highly indignant at the invasion of their fatherland , regardless of the degree of their love of Saddam.
Time Magazine (2003)
"We are taking over the Iraqi Embassy in Berlin and thereby take the first step toward the liberation of our beloved fatherland.
USA Today (2002)
It was with these rather jaundiced memories of Allied captivity that Lieutenant Commander Muller returned to the service of the fatherland.
Thomas, Charles S. The German Navy in the Nazi Era (1990)


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