home·​com·​ing | \ ˈhōm-ˌkə-miŋ How to pronounce homecoming (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web In front of a lit up and raucous crowd at Dorothea Dix Park that felt like a homecoming, the Afrobeats superstar stepped on stage and delivered a sensational performance for 45 minutes. Arden Franklyn, Billboard, 3 Apr. 2022 This trilogy of albums provided most of the material in the set lists for Cave and Ellis’ concerts, and their songs guided audiences through feelings of despair, hope, and joy, something like a homecoming after three years of universal anguish. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 29 Mar. 2022 For Leshin, the return to JPL — and to Southern California — feels like a homecoming. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 28 Jan. 2022 In that context, even the occasional hacking cough (masks were required) and cellphone ping felt like a homecoming. Elizabeth Nonemaker, baltimoresun.com, 15 Nov. 2021 So being with them will always feel like a homecoming. Kellee Terrell, Vulture, 13 Nov. 2021 As editors, creatives, models, and muses embraced after long periods of separation, the party felt like a homecoming. Ian Malone, Vogue, 14 Oct. 2021 Returning to Londontown after nearly two years of closures feels like a homecoming for travelers from all over the world. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, 1 Oct. 2021 Does being back in Venice feel like a homecoming for you? Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 5 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of homecoming

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Apr 2022

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“Homecoming.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homecoming. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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home·​com·​ing | \ ˈhōm-ˌkə-miŋ How to pronounce homecoming (audio) \

Kids Definition of homecoming

: a return home

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