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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 game is the first of a home-and-home series, with next year’s game in Charlottesville serving as Megan Walker’s homecoming game. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, "UConn women’s basketball vs. Virginia: time, how to watch, broadcasters, preview," 19 Nov. 2019 But Oregon State won too, thumping Arizona 56-38 in Tucson in the Wildcats’ homecoming game. oregonlive, "Before we can talk about Oregon making the CFP the Ducks have to beat ... Oregon State: Issues & Answers," 3 Nov. 2019 Steele did expect to return the for the homecoming game against Pike on Oct. 4. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "A lost season for Carson Steele, one of state's top running backs. 'It's taken a toll'," 31 Oct. 2019 And that substantial lead was eventually taken on October 11, in the homecoming game against Bedford. cleveland, "Girls join Cleveland Heights football team as kickers," 30 Oct. 2019 The Wildcats lost their fifth straight, falling to the Hawkeyes 20-0 in an appropriately soggy and dismal homecoming game. Shannon Ryan, chicagotribune.com, "Northwestern stays winless in the Big Ten, falling to Iowa 20-0 for its 5th straight defeat: ‘It’s been a long, negative run’," 26 Oct. 2019 DeLoach’s time arrived during UCF’s homecoming game versus the East Carolina Pirates. Brian Murphy, orlandosentinel.com, "UCF senior Chris DeLoach thrives after switching from tight end to defensive end," 23 Oct. 2019 The new name will be announced at Cincinnati’s homecoming game against Connecticut in early November. USA TODAY, "Massive pumpkin, runaway emu, 38-year-old penguin dies: News from around our 50 states," 21 Oct. 2019 The new mascot's name will be announced at UC's homecoming football game against the University of Connecticut. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Zoo is seeking your suggestions on what to name its new baby bearcat," 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of homecoming

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Homecoming.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homecoming. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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