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1. One's native land.
2. The land of one's ancestors.
3. A country considered as the origin of something.
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1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) another word for fatherland
2. another word for fatherland
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(ˈmʌð ərˌlænd)

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Noun1.motherland - 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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noun native land, homeland, fatherland, country of origin, mother country Central to our belief is a love for the motherland.
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مَسْقِط الرِّأس، الوَطَن الأُم
ættjörî; föîurland


[ˈmʌðəlænd] Npatria f; (more sentimentally) → madre patria f
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[ˈmʌðəˌlænd] mother country nmadrepatria, patria
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(ˈmaðə) noun
1. a female parent, especially human. John's mother lives in Manchester; (also adjective) The mother bird feeds her young.
2. (often with capital. also Mother Superior) the female leader of a group of nuns.
to care for as a mother does; to protect (sometimes too much). His wife tries to mother him.
ˈmotherhood noun
the state of being a mother.
ˈmotherless adjective
having no mother. The children were left motherless by the accident.
ˈmotherly adjective
like a mother; of, or suitable to, a mother. a motherly woman; motherly love.
ˈmotherliness noun
ˈmother-country, ˈmotherland (-land) nouns
the country where one was born.
ˈmother-in-lawplural ˈmothers-in-law noun
the mother of one's husband or wife.
ˌmother-of-ˈpearl noun, adjective
(of) the shining, hard, smooth substance on the inside of certain shells.
ˈmother-tongue noun
a person's native language. My mother-tongue is Hindi.
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References in classic literature ?
If the people yield, well and good; but if they resist him, as he began by beating his own father and mother, so now, if he has the power, he beats them, and will keep his dear old fatherland or motherland, as the Cretans say, in subjection to his young retainers whom he has introduced to be their rulers and masters.
For my country-people there is but one real home, but one motherland."
Yea, and from a still more potent influence: the worn castaways were to see the blessed land again!--and to see it was to bring back that motherland that was in all their thoughts.
"I came from the end of the earth," he said, which rather seemed to confirm the Cape Town story, "bringing me Motherland the secret that would give her the empire of the world.
From all mountains do I look out for fatherlands and motherlands.
Alien to me, and a mockery, are the present-day men, to whom of late my heart impelled me; and exiled am I from fatherlands and motherlands.
As the new school year is overlapping with the celebrations for the 80th anniversary of the Victory of Khalkhin Gol Battle, the President gave a lesson under the theme of motherland, independence, Mongolian language and culture.
MIRPUR (AJK) -- In response to the call of Prime Minister Imran Khan, Kashmir Solidarity Day was observed across Azad Jammu and Kashmir on Friday simultaneously with the nation-wide observance of the Kashmir Hour at 12.00 noon Friday to express solidarity with the suffering people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir in their just and principled struggle for freedom of the motherland from long Indian subjugation.
Vice Chancellor said that it is our responsibility to protect our motherland Pakistan.
Summary: New Delhi (India), Aug 15 (ANI): Pakistani singer Adnan Sami, who got Indian citizenship a few years back, clapped back at Pakistani trolls questioning about his father and his loyalty to his "motherland".
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He said: 'We pay tribute to the servicemen who sacrificed their lives for the motherland.'