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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This represents a homecoming of sorts for Katsumura, who was part of Grace’s opening team, and worked there for about a year. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "New restaurant headed to the Grace space, with Mari Katsumura as chef," 2 July 2018 In July of 2011, Maryann and her 2-year-old son were counting down the days to her husband's homecoming. CBS News, ""48 Hours: NCIS:" Can agents stop a ruthless attacker preying on Marine wives?," 22 May 2018 That’s bad news for Kelly, who used the cream but still ends up winning homecoming queen. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "The 13 greatest 'Saved by the Bell' sports moments, ranked," 22 May 2018 The festival also doubles as a homecoming, where former residents of the historic neighborhood return to reconnect with friends and family. cleveland.com, "Cleveland Festival Guide 2018: 43 street parties, fairs and cultural celebrations (photos)," 10 May 2018 Saturday felt like a homecoming of sorts, giving the players who starred in different eras a chance to connect. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Golden Eagles Alumni band together for opening win in The Basketball Tournament," 30 June 2018 So getting to be a part of the theater community at this stage in my life feels a little bit like a homecoming for me. Curtis M. Wong, Billboard, "Sara Bareilles & Josh Groban On Hosting The 2018 Tonys: 'We're Going To Embrace Our Weirdness'," 9 June 2018 Each one lands like a homecoming on the English-language mind, as modern detective fiction was invented for and in our language, with its love of rules and exceptions believed to prove those rules. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, "The Truth-Affirming Powers of a Good, Old-Fashioned Netflix Binge," 23 May 2018 Visiting the museum felt like a homecoming of sorts. Alexandra Alter, New York Times, "Circe, a Vilified Witch From Classical Mythology, Gets Her Own Epic," 6 Apr. 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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