home·​com·​ing | \ ˈhōm-ˌkə-miŋ \

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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In an effort to win the coveted crown of homecoming queen, a high school cheerleader in Hartford, Michigan, allegedly gave out pot brownies to her classmates in exchange for their vote. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Kavanaugh’s final countdown," 6 Oct. 2018 The inaugural excellence award will be bestowed at the high school’s homecoming football game on Sept. 21. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Michigan high school replaces Homecoming Queen with 'excellence award'," 19 Sep. 2018 Hess lasted one more inning, and left having allowed five runs in four innings on seven hits with a pair of walks in what amounted to a homecoming game for the Tennessee native who grew up just a few hours north of Atlanta. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles' David Hess struggles to put Braves away as 7-3 loss denies sweep," 24 June 2018 Penn State’s homecoming game Oct. 13 against Michigan State will start at either 3:30 or 4 p.m. on a network to be determined. Joe Juliano, Philly.com, "Penn State announces kickoff times for four 2018 games," 31 May 2018 This ranks as my all-time favorite homecoming show. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Lindquist: 20 unforgettable nights across 20 years of writing about Indianapolis concerts," 4 May 2018 Launched in 2017, non-profit organization Believe in Yourself Project hopes to ease some of that stress by donating dresses to girls around the country to wear to school dances, proms or homecomings. Kendra Parks, NOLA.com, "UsTrendy Founder empowers young women with dream dresses," 30 Apr. 2018 Her performance featured the soul and pageantry of homecoming half-time shows typically at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Houston Chronicle, "Beyoncé wears Balmain for her epic Coachella performance," 16 Apr. 2018 That allowed the homecoming of the Balanggiga bells, said Lorenzana, who saw the bells last year in Wyoming, where he was notified by Mattis of the U.S. decision. Jim Gomez, The Seattle Times, "US returns 3 disputed bells taken from Philippines in 1901," 11 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of homecoming

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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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 \

Kids Definition of homecoming

: a return home

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