from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One's native land.
- n. The land of one's ancestors.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The country of one's ancestors.
- n. The country of one's birth, origin.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One's native land; the native land of one's fathers or ancestors.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One's native country, or the land or country of one's fathers or ancestors.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the country where you were born
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Hitler used the term fatherland to drum up support, nationalistic support, for his growing war machine.
In England, however, neither the term fatherland nor the term motherland is in common use.
As for the phrase fatherland or freedom, this is knowing how to say fatherland or freedom when one has to say fatherland or freedom.
When the fatherland belonged to a few of the privileged ones, the word fatherland had no meaning.
"You can count on our sincere and loyal friendship, our desire to work together for the Latin American fatherland, and our solidarity at all times.
"With deep revolutionary rejoicing, I can assure you that on seeing the affection between the Chilean and Cuban peoples at first hand, I have once again confirmed that we belong to the Latin American fatherland and that the peoples of the continent, following difficult paths, are marching, as the second Havana declaration pointed out, to their second and definite independence.
The fatherland is the constitution, to which we give life.
If lovers of the chase pre-eminently fit themselves to be useful to the fatherland, that is as much as to say they will not squander their private means; since with the state itself the domestic fortunes of each are saved or lost.
"Why do you call my fatherland unhappy, and why do you say that the Brandenburgers are to be pitied?
I am speaking as a son of the fatherland, that is, not as the Son of the