old country

the original home country of an immigrant or a person's ancestors, especially a European country.


old-country, adjective
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old country
the country of origin of an immigrant or an immigrant's ancestors

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Example sentences
The favorite given names of the old country almost disappear in the first
  native-born generation.
In those early years, the focus was on the old country.
Unemployment was obscenely high and the sense of community that many had
  enjoyed in the old country was gone.
However, it is more rampant among the older generation who has come with its
  cultural and linguistic baggage from the old country.
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