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[hohm-land, -luh nd] /ˈhoʊmˌlænd, -lənd/
one's native land.
a region created or considered as a state by or for a people of a particular ethnic origin:
the Palestinian homeland.
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 of homeland
1660-70; home + land Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He already felt, vaguely, that the three Russians here had no desire to return to their homeland.

    Freedom Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Might he not be the bearer of important and good news from the homeland?

    Murder Point Coningsby Dawson
  • Thus were born the sorrow-songs, the last cry of those who saw their homeland vanish behind themforever.

  • I send them all my compliments from the homeland, and ask the reader, if he will, to do likewise.

  • When you get through with your life down here--it will be a long life, I hope--you will go up and into the homeland.

    Quiet Talks on Service S. D. Gordon
British Dictionary definitions for homeland


the country in which one lives or was born
the official name for a Bantustan
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for homeland

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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