Definition of Old country

1. Noun. The country of origin of an immigrant.

Definition of Old country

1. Noun. The country of origin of an immigrant or of a person of immigrant descent. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Old Country

old age
old age pension
old as the hills
old bag
old ball
old bean
old boy
old boy network
old boys' club
old chap
old chestnut
old codger
old college try
old country (current term)
old days
old fashioned
old flame
old flames
old fogey
old fogies
old folks
old franc
old francs
old geezer
old girl

Literary usage of Old country

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Yale Literary Magazine by Lyman Hotchkiss Bagg, Yale University (1853)
"WHAT a crowd of associations cling round the old country church ! How suggestive is the word of numerous singing meetings, of moonlit walks at their close, ..."

2. The Irish in America by John Francis Maguire, William Joseph Hardee (1868)
"CHAPTER I. Difference of the Position of the Irish in the old country, ... In the old country, stagnation, retrogression, if not actual decay—in the new, ..."

3. The Cumulative Book Index by H.W. Wilson Company (1911)
"Recipes from the old country and the new. Martin, M. К., сотр. vel. $1.50. Heer. Reciprocity. Bibliography. US Library of congress. ..."

4. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1895)
"Shortly afterwards (1856) Nicholson returned to England, where he was welcomed as the father of the ballot, not yet adopted in the old country, and spoke in ..."

5. Judicial and Statutory Definitions of Words and Phrases by West Publishing Company (1904)
"old country. "old country" le a term in common use to designate a country occupied by civilized man before the American continent was. ..."

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