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homeland

[hohm-land, -luh nd] /ˈhoʊmˌlænd, -lənd/
noun
1.
one's native land.
2.
a region created or considered as a state by or for a people of a particular ethnic origin:
the Palestinian homeland.
3.
any of the thirteen racially and ethnically based regions created in South Africa by the South African government as nominally independent tribal ministates to which blacks are assigned.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; home + land
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  • It doesn't travel well and is better in its homeland.
  • They were new immigrants, there for the money, and not happy to be out of their homeland.
  • Fate, he said, had chosen a better path for him in his homeland.
  • But at its core is the story of a people who, for five centuries, have been longing to call their homeland their own.
  • The process has been accelerated by the new emphasis on homeland security.
  • Strangers congratulated him on his homeland's high-octane engagement with developing countries.
  • Her subjects identified two main reasons for their decision to quit the homeland.
  • And, anyway, there is a homeland to protect these days.
  • And colleges are offering degrees in homeland-security management.
  • Perhaps only because its followers were forced out of their homeland by their enemies.
British Dictionary definitions for homeland

homeland

/ˈhəʊmˌlænd/
noun
1.
the country in which one lives or was born
2.
the official name for a Bantustan
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Word Origin and History for homeland
n.

1660s, from home (n.) + land (n.). Old English hamland meant "enclosed pasture."

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