Definition of homeland in English:



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

    ‘he left his homeland to settle in London’
    • ‘He was banned for a year for his action and became a national hero in his homeland.’
    • ‘That has elevated them to iconic status in their homeland, where Sukur in particular is now more popular than David Beckham is in England.’
    • ‘He resisted communist rule in his homeland, reached out to other faiths, and traveled widely across the world.’
    • ‘Asylum seekers cannot call upon their homelands for protection.’
    • ‘For example, a significant number of young Hispanics and Asians are visiting their parents' homelands to study their parents' native languages.’
    • ‘Many of the poems are about the pain of separation from loved ones or one's homeland.’
    • ‘Yet I was determined to settle down and carve out my destiny in my homeland.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead she has been criticised for spending too little time in her homeland and for speaking her native language with an American accent.’
    • ‘He said that in his homeland even acknowledging homosexuality could land someone in jail.’
    • ‘Stations broadcast daily to all European occupied countries, using native speakers who had escaped the invasion of their homelands.’
    • ‘A group of five students from Germany have organised an exhibition in Sligo on their native homeland.’
    • ‘People being told to leave their homeland and settle somewhere over a green line was something I could not come to terms with.’
    • ‘Somewhere around the age of 14 he left his native homeland for Canada never to return.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some were unable to save enough money to buy land and in some regions of their homeland no land was available.’
    • ‘The Iraqi community in Canada is restoring links with its homeland.’
    • ‘A sizeable segment of the population was forced to flee their homeland and to take asylum in other countries.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘The entire forest is part of the homeland of the Anishinabe Nation.’
      • ‘There is particular suspicion of the Kurds and their cherished dream of a separate homeland.’
      • ‘The rebels had been fighting since 1983 for a separate homeland in the country's north and east.’
      • ‘He fails to provide his readers with some important concepts that could help inform the homeland security policy debate.’
      • ‘This communication was accepted by the Jewish community as Great Britain's support for a Jewish homeland.’
      • ‘The Arctic is now a resource frontier for the global economy as well as a homeland for its indigenous peoples.’
      • ‘All these steps to protect the homeland have made us safer but we're not yet safe.’
      • ‘It allows for the self-defense of Japan's homeland but prohibits collective defense.’
      • ‘However the Sri Lankan army has continued to occupy part of the area claimed by Tamils as their homeland.’
      • ‘The Tigers have shelved a demand for a separate homeland in favor of a federal system of governance.’
      • ‘Veenendaal supported the fantasy of a Boer homeland achieved by driving out the black population.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But from high up in the Huachuca Mountains, the desert valley below just looks like land, not like two different national homelands.’
      • ‘Eventually, he found an electrifying slogan in the promise to create separate Muslim homelands in India.’
      • ‘The Kurds are the largest single ethnic group without a national homeland.’
      • ‘Isn't he going to use that money to fight terror and protect the homeland and a whole host of other things.’
      • ‘Tamil rebels in the island nation have been fighting for a separate homeland for nearly three decades.’
      • ‘They had changed their ancient attitude of being a people in exile to being citizens with a homeland.’
    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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At present, these courts are governed by the statutes of the former apartheid government and the former homelands and self-governing territories.’