Definition of homeland in English:


Line breaks: home|land
Pronunciation: /ˈhəʊmland


1A person’s or a people’s native land: he left his homeland to settle in London
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  • 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.
native land, native country, country of origin, home, fatherland, motherland, mother country, land of one's fathers, the old country
1.1An autonomous or semi-autonomous state occupied by a particular people: they have been fighting for an independent homeland for nearly 30 years
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  • 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.
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  • 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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