Meaning of “fatherland” in the English Dictionary

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"fatherland" in British English

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fatherlandnoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˈfɑː.ðə.lænd/ us /ˈfɑː.ðɚ.lænd/ also motherland

Examples from literature

  • Does he mean to have a family reunion and drink to the German fatherland? 
  • In the ranks of our army you would also be able to serve your fatherland. 
  • It is for the fatherland, Amelia. 
  • Then they too have died for their fatherland, and will sleep in the temple of fame. 
  • Two years had been spent here since he had left his fatherland, amid the wild scenes of the Julian Alps. 

(Definition of “fatherland” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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