Definition of homeland in US English:



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

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