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mother country

the country of one's birth or ancestry.
the country of origin of settlers or colonists in a place.
Origin of mother country
1580-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The boxwood, brought from England when that was the mother country, met across the turf walks.

    Honey-Sweet Edna Turpin
  • Step by step the mother country and its colonies were advancing to a rupture.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
  • These corresponded to the yeomanry of the mother country; and most of them were from the English trading classes.

  • The mother country has a right to something of a share in the bargain.

    Recollections David Christie Murray
  • For a partnership between colony and mother country there were no precedents.

    The Canadian Dominion Oscar D. Skelton
  • There were some difficulties with the mother country that men were discussing.

    A Little Girl in Old Salem Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • But it had its period of separation from the mother country, though never of rebellion,—like its elder sister New Zealand.

    The Fixed Period Anthony Trollope
  • If we have no regard for America, let us at least respect the mother country.

    A Little Maid of Old Maine Alice Turner Curtis
British Dictionary definitions for mother country

mother country

the original country of colonists or settlers
another term for fatherland
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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