Definition of homeland in English:



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

    ‘I could finally go back to my homeland’
    • ‘Everyone should work hard for their homeland, society and country.’
    • ‘Somewhere around the age of 14 he left his native homeland for Canada never to return.’
    • ‘Many of the poems are about the pain of separation from loved ones or one's homeland.’
    • ‘Some were unable to save enough money to buy land and in some regions of their homeland no land was available.’
    • ‘He resisted communist rule in his homeland, reached out to other faiths, and traveled widely across the world.’
    • ‘He was banned for a year for his action and became a national hero in his homeland.’
    • ‘Stations broadcast daily to all European occupied countries, using native speakers who had escaped the invasion of their homelands.’
    • ‘People being told to leave their homeland and settle somewhere over a green line was something I could not come to terms with.’
    • ‘Yet I was determined to settle down and carve out my destiny in my homeland.’
    • ‘That would make her happy, but it doesn't mean she'll be settling down in her homeland.’
    • ‘He figured he had a better chance at success as a native in his homeland than in the U.S. as a foreigner.’
    • ‘The Iraqi community in Canada is restoring links with its homeland.’
    • ‘Asylum seekers cannot call upon their homelands for protection.’
    • ‘He said that in his homeland even acknowledging homosexuality could land someone in jail.’
    • ‘Unlike their offspring, who have few memories of Laos, these community elders have not forgotten their homeland.’
    • ‘A sizeable segment of the population was forced to flee their homeland and to take asylum in other countries.’
    • ‘Instead she has been criticised for spending too little time in her homeland and for speaking her native language with an American accent.’
    • ‘For example, a significant number of young Hispanics and Asians are visiting their parents' homelands to study their parents' native languages.’
    • ‘However, when these Muslims left their homelands for foreign lands, it was with a missionary spirit.’
    • ‘That has elevated them to iconic status in their homeland, where Sukur in particular is now more popular than David Beckham is in England.’
    • ‘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
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    1. 1.1An autonomous or semiautonomous state occupied by a particular people.
      ‘the group is fighting for a separate homeland’
      • ‘The entire forest is part of the homeland of the Anishinabe Nation.’
      • ‘The Arctic is now a resource frontier for the global economy as well as a homeland for its indigenous peoples.’
      • ‘Eventually, he found an electrifying slogan in the promise to create separate Muslim homelands in India.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All these steps to protect the homeland have made us safer but we're not yet safe.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Tamil rebels in the island nation have been fighting for a separate homeland for nearly three decades.’
      • ‘At home, our most important priority is to protect the homeland for the American people.’
      • ‘The Tigers have shelved a demand for a separate homeland in favor of a federal system of governance.’
      • ‘It allows for the self-defense of Japan's homeland but prohibits collective defense.’
      • ‘But from high up in the Huachuca Mountains, the desert valley below just looks like land, not like two different national homelands.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There is particular suspicion of the Kurds and their cherished dream of a separate homeland.’
      • ‘They had changed their ancient attitude of being a people in exile to being citizens with a homeland.’
      • ‘The rebels had been fighting since 1983 for a separate homeland in the country's north and east.’
      • ‘This communication was accepted by the Jewish community as Great Britain's support for a Jewish homeland.’
      • ‘However the Sri Lankan army has continued to occupy part of the area claimed by Tamils as their homeland.’
      • ‘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.’
    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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At present, these courts are governed by the statutes of the former apartheid government and the former homelands and self-governing territories.’
      • ‘Prior to this monumental occasion blacks were systematically moved to restricted areas and homelands, and had no political or economic power.’
      • ‘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.’