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homeland

Syllabification: home·land
Pronunciation: /ˈhōmˌland
 
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Definition of homeland in English:

noun

1A person’s or a people’s native land: I could finally go back to my homeland
More example sentences
  • He figured he had a better chance at success as a native in his homeland than in the U.S. as a foreigner.
  • However, when these Muslims left their homelands for foreign lands, it was with a missionary spirit.
  • A group of five students from Germany have organised an exhibition in Sligo on their native homeland.
Synonyms
native land, country of origin, home, birthplace, hometown;
roots, fatherland, motherland, mother country, land of one's fathers;
1.1An autonomous or semiautonomous state occupied by a particular people: the group is fighting for a separate homeland
More example sentences
  • Muslim leaders will cry foul and ask the US and the UN to intervene, claiming genocide and demanding separate homelands within India to protect their kind.
  • The rebels had been fighting since 1983 for a separate homeland in the country's north and east.
  • There is particular suspicion of the Kurds and their cherished dream of a separate homeland.
1.2 historical Any of ten partially self-governing areas in South Africa designated for particular indigenous African peoples under the former policy of apartheid.
Example sentences
  • At present, these courts are governed by the statutes of the former apartheid government and the former homelands and self-governing territories.
  • Africans living in the homelands needed passports to enter South Africa.
  • The Bantu homelands were abolished following South Africa's adoption of a multiracial constitution in 1994 and South African nationality was restored to all their citizens.

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