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 a homecoming, Irina Shayk, one of Pronovias’s former marquee models, took in the proceedings from the front row. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "The Haute Couture Details That Go Into Pronovias Wedding Gowns," 10 Oct. 2018 Well jokes on them because today Miss Greater Salt Lake came and asked HIM to homecoming. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Miss Utah hopeful takes autistic high schooler to homecoming after classmates play cruel prank," 25 Sep. 2018 The exuberant undergraduate wearing a Nike cap and giving out samples is as common on U.S. campuses as football fans tailgating at homecoming. Claire Ballentine, The Seattle Times, "The hot college gig: online brand promoter," 1 Sep. 2018 The two bands’ concert at Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre on Saturday marks a brief homecoming for NoDa residents Adam Lazzara and John Nolan of Taking Back Sunday. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "Taking Back Sunday’s Adam Lazzara on how the band’s music is finally growing up," 11 July 2018 Signing with the Wizards marks a homecoming for Green, who was originally selected with the fifth overall pick by Boston in the 2007 NBA Draft out of Georgetown (and was named All-Rookie First Team in 2007-08). baltimoresun.com, "Digest (July 10): Wizards make it official, sign forward Jeff Green," 10 July 2018 Maybe the Pacers pull off another Indiana homecoming and trade for former Butler star Gordon Hayward. The Crossover Staff, SI.com, "Roundtable: NBA Free Agency Bold Predictions," 28 June 2018 This Chicago trip winds up being a bittersweet homecoming. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "What’s in your bag, Krewella?," 15 June 2018 The Falcons ruined a celebratory night for the Rams, who rebounded from a rough homecoming season in 2016 with an outstanding debut year under 31-year-old Sean McVay, the youngest head coach to reach the playoffs in NFL history. Christopher Dabe, NOLA.com, "Where the Saints will play next week if they win Sunday against Panthers," 7 Jan. 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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