home·​com·​ing ˈhōm-ˌkə-miŋ How to pronounce homecoming (audio)
: a return home
a soldier's homecoming
: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Her appointment to head the nonfiction business there thus marks a two-for-one homecoming. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Feb. 2024 As homecoming approaches, team captain Shanteé (Billie Krishawn) strives to fine-tune the dancing. Celia Wren, Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2024 Purdy’s four-touchdown homecoming came with a big-time scare, when he got hit and sustained a left-shoulder stinger. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, 10 Feb. 2024 But just before his grand homecoming, the musician indefinitely postponed the Justice world tour before canceling it in its entirety to focus on his health. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 2 Feb. 2024 The familiarity of this exchange—the guest’s politeness, the hosts’ inquisitiveness, the affectionate comedy of homecoming—functions like bedrock under the tumult of two languages. Helen Shaw, The New Yorker, 25 Jan. 2024 After enjoying his festive homecoming in Memphis last week, the singer headed to New York City’s Irving Plaza for his second One Night Only show. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, 1 Feb. 2024 America’s sweetheart dating the national equivalent of a homecoming king, who was so inspired—by love, presumably—that his team made it to the championship. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, 31 Jan. 2024 In Sacramento on Thursday, Harris described her visit as a homecoming of sorts, having spent six years working in state government as attorney general. Laurel Rosenhall, Los Angeles Times, 26 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of homecoming was in the 15th century

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“Homecoming.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homecoming. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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home·​com·​ing ˈhōm-ˌkəm-ing How to pronounce homecoming (audio)
: a return home
: the return of a group of people usually on a special occasion to a place formerly frequented
: a yearly celebration for alumni at a school

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