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[fah-th er-land] /ˈfɑ ðərˌlænd/

one’s native country.
the of one’s ancestors.
a person’s native country
the country of a person’s ancestors

1620s, from father (n.) + land (n.). In modern use often a loan-translation of German Vaterland, itself a loan-translation of Latin patria (terra), literally “father’s land.” Late Old English/Middle English fæderland (c.1100) meant “parental land, inheritance.”


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