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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 weekendthe 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 The virus canceled an on-campus homecoming, and celebrations for the first HBCU graduate to be elected vice president will now also be relegated to cyberspace. Washington Post, "Howard University rallied around Kamala Harris. Now the community will watch her take office as vice president.," 13 Jan. 2021 After being bogged down by injury, Bjugstad is getting a chance to revitalize his career as one of the Wild's top centers between Zach Parise and Kirill Kaprizov — an assignment that raises the profile of the Blaine native's homecoming. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "Nick Bjugstad comes home to Wild and returns to top line," 12 Jan. 2021 The State of the State is normally a chance for the governor to speak with lawmakers and assemble guests from around the state for a kind of annual homecoming. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Outlines Wide Ranging Recovery Plan for State," 11 Jan. 2021 His hiring would represent a homecoming for the Texas-Ex. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Steve Sarkisian built out Texas coaching staff as he prepared for national championship game," 11 Jan. 2021 Saturday night was supposed to be Okoro’s homecoming. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers missing reliable tone-setter Isaac Okoro -- at both ends of the floor," 2 Jan. 2021 Then, the night’s homecoming king gave his team new life. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers win Andre Drummond’s Detroit return, 128-119, in double overtime," 26 Dec. 2020 Karieanne Harris-Tanner remembers the day her son became homecoming king. Nisa Khan, Detroit Free Press, "Remembering 18-year-old who died of coronavirus: Austin Tanner, the homecoming king," 10 Dec. 2020 Coming back to Cathedral was a homecoming for Peebles, who was part of the first Cathedral team to win state in 1986. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "A pit stop on way to Class 5A state final helps Cathedral refocus on championship mission," 29 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of homecoming

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Jan 2021

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“Homecoming.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homecoming. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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


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

Kids Definition of homecoming

: a return home

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