: of, relating to, or having qualities (such as informality and simplicity) associated with rural or small-town people especially of the Southern U.S.
down-home country cooking
broadly : simple, unpretentious

Examples of down-home in a Sentence

her down-home patter as she prepares comfort foods goes over well with television viewers
Recent Examples on the Web Dine on classic shrimp and grits or flounder po’ boys at Plums, a casual down-home eatery with views of the Beaufort River, or try Wren Bistro & Bar for shareable plates and craft brews. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 June 2024 Country music provided a down-home, patriotic soundtrack for these candidates. Joseph M. Thompson / Made By History, TIME, 6 June 2024 Justice’s appeal is built around his reputation as a successful businessman and a certain down-home, right-wing populist persona. Dan Kaufman, The New Yorker, 9 May 2024 Years later, the youngest Rucker siblings Ione and Ellen Rucker took those down-home childhood experiences to the lab and launched their haircare line Rucker Roots in 2011, a vegan line of products whose ingredient story draws inspiration straight from their parents’ hands. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 19 Apr. 2024 Hands-on warm service, where co-owners will likely stop by to ask about your meal, and variations on down-home standards such as mac 'n' cheese and sweet potato fries, make patrons feel at (a slightly better version of) home. Usa Today Network, USA TODAY, 15 Feb. 2024 The Shakes quickly went from the ecstatic down-home rock & roll of their 2012 debut, Boys & Girls, to the raw psychedelia of 2015’s Sound & Color. Jon Dolan, Rolling Stone, 6 Feb. 2024 Steeped in the importance of country music’s place in southern culture, and raised by a father who was an aspiring country star himself, Murph can seamlessly blend her love of every genre of music, and her powerhouse voice—with a bit of twang and down-home sound—carries them with ease. Caitlin White, SPIN, 26 Jan. 2024 The eight-day bus trip, which drew throngs of people, helped cement Mr. Clinton’s image as a down-home retail politician. Trip Gabriel, New York Times, 13 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of down-home was in 1901

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“Down-home.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/down-home. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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