Definition of homeland in English:



  • 1A person's or a people's native land.

    ‘he left his homeland to settle in London’
    • ‘Yet I was determined to settle down and carve out my destiny in my homeland.’
    • ‘The Iraqi community in Canada is restoring links with its homeland.’
    • ‘Somewhere around the age of 14 he left his native homeland for Canada never to return.’
    • ‘Asylum seekers cannot call upon their homelands for protection.’
    • ‘He resisted communist rule in his homeland, reached out to other faiths, and traveled widely across the world.’
    • ‘However, when these Muslims left their homelands for foreign lands, it was with a missionary spirit.’
    • ‘He figured he had a better chance at success as a native in his homeland than in the U.S. as a foreigner.’
    • ‘A sizeable segment of the population was forced to flee their homeland and to take asylum in other countries.’
    • ‘Some were unable to save enough money to buy land and in some regions of their homeland no land was available.’
    • ‘For example, a significant number of young Hispanics and Asians are visiting their parents' homelands to study their parents' native languages.’
    • ‘Stations broadcast daily to all European occupied countries, using native speakers who had escaped the invasion of their homelands.’
    • ‘That has elevated them to iconic status in their homeland, where Sukur in particular is now more popular than David Beckham is in England.’
    • ‘Instead she has been criticised for spending too little time in her homeland and for speaking her native language with an American accent.’
    • ‘A group of five students from Germany have organised an exhibition in Sligo on their native homeland.’
    • ‘Everyone should work hard for their homeland, society and country.’
    • ‘Unlike their offspring, who have few memories of Laos, these community elders have not forgotten their homeland.’
    • ‘People being told to leave their homeland and settle somewhere over a green line was something I could not come to terms with.’
    • ‘He was banned for a year for his action and became a national hero in his homeland.’
    • ‘He said that in his homeland even acknowledging homosexuality could land someone in jail.’
    • ‘Many of the poems are about the pain of separation from loved ones or one's homeland.’
    • ‘That would make her happy, but it doesn't mean she'll be settling down in her homeland.’
    native land, native country, country of origin, home, fatherland, motherland, mother country, land of one's fathers, the old country
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    1. 1.1 An autonomous or semi-autonomous state occupied by a particular people.
      ‘they have been fighting for an independent homeland for nearly 30 years’
      • ‘They also need to learn that the very lands that now constitute the productive heartlands of the United States are the original homelands of Native Americans.’
      • ‘The Tigers have shelved a demand for a separate homeland in favor of a federal system of governance.’
      • ‘But from high up in the Huachuca Mountains, the desert valley below just looks like land, not like two different national homelands.’
      • ‘There is particular suspicion of the Kurds and their cherished dream of a separate homeland.’
      • ‘It allows for the self-defense of Japan's homeland but prohibits collective defense.’
      • ‘Tamil rebels in the island nation have been fighting for a separate homeland for nearly three decades.’
      • ‘The Arctic is now a resource frontier for the global economy as well as a homeland for its indigenous peoples.’
      • ‘The rebels had been fighting since 1983 for a separate homeland in the country's north and east.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At home, our most important priority is to protect the homeland for the American people.’
      • ‘They had changed their ancient attitude of being a people in exile to being citizens with a homeland.’
      • ‘Eventually, he found an electrifying slogan in the promise to create separate Muslim homelands in India.’
      • ‘Isn't he going to use that money to fight terror and protect the homeland and a whole host of other things.’
      • ‘All these steps to protect the homeland have made us safer but we're not yet safe.’
      • ‘This communication was accepted by the Jewish community as Great Britain's support for a Jewish homeland.’
      • ‘The Kurds are the largest single ethnic group without a national homeland.’
      • ‘However the Sri Lankan army has continued to occupy part of the area claimed by Tamils as their homeland.’
      • ‘Veenendaal supported the fantasy of a Boer homeland achieved by driving out the black population.’
      • ‘He fails to provide his readers with some important concepts that could help inform the homeland security policy debate.’
      • ‘The entire forest is part of the homeland of the Anishinabe Nation.’
    2. 1.2historical Any of ten partially self-governing areas in South Africa designated for particular indigenous African peoples under the former policy of apartheid.
      • ‘Prior to this monumental occasion blacks were systematically moved to restricted areas and homelands, and had no political or economic power.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At present, these courts are governed by the statutes of the former apartheid government and the former homelands and self-governing territories.’
      • ‘It is now obvious even to the Afrikaners that the apartheid fantasy of a South Africa split up into tribal homelands, known as Bantustans, was bound eventually to collapse under what Marxists would term its own contradictions.’
      • ‘Africans living in the homelands needed passports to enter South Africa.’