old country

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search
See also: Old Country



old country (plural old countries)

  1. The country of origin of an immigrant or of a person of immigrant descent.
    • 1913, Jack London, Valley Of The Moon, book 3, ch. 1:
      "Look at all the children!" Saxon cried. "School's letting out. And nearly all are Portuguese, Billy, NOT Porchugeeze. Mercedes taught me the right way."
      "They never wore glad rags like them in the old country," Billy sneered. "They had to come over here to get decent clothes and decent grub."

Usage notes[edit]

  • Sometimes used as if it were a proper noun. See Old Country.