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mother country

n.
1. The country of one's birth or one's ancestors.
2. The country from which the settlers of a territory originally came.

mother country

n
1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) the original country of colonists or settlers
2. (Historical Terms) the original country of colonists or settlers
3. (Anthropology & Ethnology) another term for fatherland
4. another term for fatherland

moth′er coun`try


n.
1. the country of one's birth or ancestry.
2. the country of origin of settlers or colonists in a place.
[1580–90]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mother country - the country where you were born
country, land, state - the territory occupied by a nation; "he returned to the land of his birth"; "he visited several European countries"
old country - the country of origin of an immigrant
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Massachusetts and the whole of New England was then almost independent of the mother country," said Grandfather.
In this manner does the mother country absorb even the fame, under that system of rule.
Before the war of the Revolution, the English Church was supported in the colonies, with much interest, by some of its adherents in the mother country, and a few of the congregations were very amply endowed.
These he shipped from Canada to London, no direct trade being allowed from that colony to any but the mother country.
And it was for the same reason that Canada was lost to the mother country.
For two years our ancestors were kept in sullen submission by that filial love which had invariably secured their allegiance to the mother country, whether its head chanced to be a Parliament, Protector, or Popish Monarch.
Impey Barbicane was a man of forty years of age, calm, cold, austere; of a singularly serious and self-contained demeanor, punctual as a chronometer, of imperturbable temper and immovable character; by no means chivalrous, yet adventurous withal, and always bringing practical ideas to bear upon the very rashest enterprises; an essentially New Englander, a Northern colonist, a descendant of the old anti-Stuart Roundheads, and the implacable enemy of the gentlemen of the South, those ancient cavaliers of the mother country.
They were well weaned from the delicate milk of their mother country, and inured to the difficulties of a strange land.
Prince," he said, "almost you take me back to the one mother country.
So far as a demeanour of natural authority was concerned, the mother country need not have been ashamed to see these foremost men of an actual democracy adopted into the House of Peers, or make the Privy Council of the Sovereign.
Then they sent out a great galley to learn why no one came from the mother country, but though they sailed about for many months, they were unable to find any trace of the mighty land that had for countless ages borne their ancient civilization--it had sunk into the sea.
Like many other critics of Empire, her mouth had been stopped with food, and she could only exclaim at the hospitality with which she had been received, and warn the Mother Country against trifling with young Titans.