old country


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old country

n.
The native country of an immigrant.

old country

n
the country of origin of an immigrant or an immigrant's ancestors

old′ coun`try


n.
the original home country of an immigrant or a person's ancestors, esp. a European country.
[1775–85]
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Noun1.old country - the country of origin of an immigrantold country - the country of origin of an immigrant
References in classic literature ?
'Do you think of soon returning to the old country?' says I.
'Think of soon returning to the old country, sir!' repeats the Doctor.
Micawber, 'is, that in some branches of our family we may live again in the old country. Do not frown, Micawber!
Whatever the attitude of America as a nation may be to these matters, the American people don't want to see the old country in trouble.
My fancy played with the various forms of fraud and violence, and I agreed with him sympathetically when he remarked that the authorities in the old country were so damned technical.
I picked up the gun he had dropped; a queer piece from the old country, short and heavy, with a stag's head on the cock.
It was old country to me that I knew and loved, and soon I became the guide.
Towards sunset that evening I stood again on the well-remembered terrace, and looked once more at the peaceful old country house.
The young man found, on landing in the old country, a welcome and a surrounding in full harmony with all his dreams throughout his wanderings and solitude, and the promise of a fresh and adventurous life.
She wanted to stop and admire everything that caught her eye, and she sighed continually and declared that such finery was too good for an old country woman, and that she never thought she would have to "put on airs" at her time of life.
All equality of alliance must rest with Elizabeth, for Mary had merely connected herself with an old country family of respectability and large fortune, and had therefore given all the honour and received none: Elizabeth would, one day or other, marry suitably.
Red John and Axel did not send their pay-days home to the old country. Instead, and along with the rest, they were scattered on board sailing ships bound for the four quarters of the globe, where they had been placed by the boarding-house masters, and where they were working out advance money which they had neither seen nor spent.