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mother country

Syllabification: moth·er coun·try

Definition of mother country in English:

noun

(often the mother country)
A country in relation to its colonies: the bicentennial of our separation from the mother country
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  • The relationship between the mother country and the remaining colonies, the Netherlands Antilles and Surinam, was to be put on an equal footing.
  • My English friend, on his maiden voyage to the States, had stumbled upon one of those little linguistic divergences between the colonies and the mother country.
  • There are fewer opportunities to trade with the mother country in a far colony.

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