home run


Definition of home run

1 : a hit in baseball that enables the batter to make a complete circuit of the bases and score a run
2 : an impressive success the president's speech was a home run

Examples of home run in a Sentence

He hit three home runs.

Recent Examples on the Web

The all-time leader is Mike Hessman, who hit 433 home runs in 19 minor league seasons. Houston Mitchell, latimes.com, "Morning Briefing: Cody Decker is king of this minor feat," 9 July 2019 New York Mets rookie slugger Pete Alonso has hit 30 home runs in his All-Star campaign. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Pete Alonso earned more for Home Run Derby win than he will entire season," 9 July 2019 Alonso has hit 30 home runs this year and will play in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game. Tom Withers, The Denver Post, "Pete Alonso edges Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for 2019 Home Run Derby title," 8 July 2019 Alonso has hit 30 home runs this year and will play in Tuesday night's All-Star Game. CBS News, "Mets rookie Pete Alonso wins MLB All-Star Home Run Derby," 8 July 2019 Alonso, making the major league minimum of $555,000 this season, has hit 30 home runs. chicagotribune.com, "Mets’ Pete Alonso outduels fellow rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to win Home Run Derby," 8 July 2019 Jeimer Candelario keyed the Tigers’ comeback efforts, hitting two home runs. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers lose to Red Sox again after another long rain delay, 10-6," 7 July 2019 No team has ever had more than nine different players hit at least 15 home runs in a season. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "How the Twins—Yes, the Twins—Built Baseball’s Most Powerful Lineup," 18 June 2019 The Razorbacks also feature five batters hitting better than .300 and five that have hit at least 10 home runs. Mike Malloy, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida State pushes to extend hot streak at College World Series," 14 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'home run.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of home run

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about home run

Statistics for home run

Last Updated

12 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for home run

The first known use of home run was in 1856

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for home run

home run


English Language Learners Definition of home run

baseball : a hit that allows the batter to go around all the bases and score a run

home run


Kids Definition of home run

: a hit in baseball that enables the batter to go around all the bases and score

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on home run

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with home run

Spanish Central: Translation of home run

Nglish: Translation of home run for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about home run

Comments on home run

What made you want to look up home run? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a small bunch of flowers

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!