American English Dictionary

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motherland (ˈmʌðərˌlænd Pronunciation for )



  1. one's native land or, sometimes, the land of one's ancestors
  2. a country thought of as originator or source

Translations for 'motherland'

  • American English: motherland The motherland is the country in which you or your ancestors were born and to which you still feel emotionally linked, even if you live somewhere for the motherland.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: terra natal
  • Chinese: 祖国祖国國
  • European Spanish: patria
  • French: patrie
  • German: Vaterland
  • Italian: patria
  • Japanese: 母国
  • Korean: 모국
  • Portuguese: terra natal
  • Spanish: patria

Example Sentences Including 'motherland'

He wanted the one thing all exiles crave and few achieve - a triumphant return to the motherland , a vindication.
Armstrong, Campbell Mambo (1991)
In short, Moscow needed to plant an agent, still young enough to learn, but old enough to remain loyal to the motherland.
SlashDot (2004)
Much of this heritage is preserved here (including the Gullah language), offering a rare glimpse of our cultural ties to the motherland.
USA Today (2004)
The seven-year plan, a plan of mighty development of the productive forces of our motherland , is being successfully fulfilled.
Kishlansky, Mark A. (editor) Sources of the West: Readings in Western Civilization, Volume 1: From the Beginning to 1715 (1995)


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