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Definition of homecoming

1 : a return home a soldier's homecoming
2 : the return of a group of people usually on a special occasion to a place formerly frequented or regarded as home especially : an annual celebration for alumni at a high school, college, or university often used before another noun a homecoming rally homecoming weekend the annual homecoming game/dance was elected the homecoming queen

Examples of homecoming in a Sentence

A large crowd gathered at the airport for the soldiers' homecoming.

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The Bengals will introduce Taylor on Tuesday in what amounts to a homecoming for the 35-year-old coach. Joe Kay, The Seattle Times, "With wait over, Bengals hire Zac Taylor as coach," 4 Feb. 2019 Moustakas even hit free agency, an experiment that ended in an agreement to a short-term homecoming. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Royals' Moustakas is already hitting the ball harder than he did last year | The Kansas City Star," 1 Apr. 2018 For her, having an apartment downtown feels like a homecoming, but better. Alina Cho, ELLE Decor, "Uptown Glamour Goes Downtown in a Bold West Village Pad," 22 Feb. 2019 To some in Oakland, a city of tender pride, the homecoming rang false, like a distant relative showing up just long enough to pose for a smiling family portrait. James Freeman, WSJ, "Is Adam Schiff Satisfied with NBC News?," 11 Feb. 2019 Part vacation, part homecoming—sounds like the perfect trip. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Princess Charlene of Monaco Took Her Royal Twins on a Whirlwind Trip to New York," 18 Jan. 2019 Cobb was an all-everything athlete with good grades, a pretty smile, handsome, and the homecoming king. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "A parent's pain over his imprisoned football star son," 10 July 2018 According to a source close to the club, representatives of the Cubs met with Sosa in 2014, at the behest of Dominican government officials, to discuss a possible homecoming. SI.com, "Exiled by the Cubs, Sammy Sosa Is Enjoying the Life He Wants You to See," 27 June 2018 James Galanos, likely the most important American fashion designer of the 20th century, is having a homecoming of sorts in Philadelphia. David Nash, Town & Country, "James Galanos and the Integrity of 20th Century Fashion," 6 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of homecoming

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of homecoming

: the act of returning to your home or to a place that is like your home
: an annual celebration for people who attended a college or university
: an annual celebration for high-school students that includes sports games and a formal dance


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Kids Definition of homecoming

: a return home

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