home·grown | \ ˈhōm-ˈgrōn \

Definition of homegrown 

1 : grown or produced at home or in a particular local area homegrown vegetables homegrown films

2 : native to or characteristic of a particular area the festival will feature homegrown artists

Examples of homegrown in a Sentence

The family sells their homegrown vegetables at the local market. The music festival will feature some homegrown talent this year.

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Tsiolkovsky's homegrown narrative and Soviet-centric ideology were perfect fodder for a new government looking to emphasize national pride. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "How a Russian Scientist's Sci-Fi Genius Made Sputnik Possible," 4 Oct. 2017 Their work has never felt more urgent than over the past nine months, after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and exposed the island's vulnerability to natural disasters and severe lack of homegrown food. Nicole Acevedo /, NBC News, "'The push we needed': Puerto Rico's local farmers step up efforts after Hurricane Maria," 6 July 2018 Britain’s self-sufficiency in homegrown food has dropped from 80 percent in 1980 to 62 percent and is projected to fall to 53 percent in 2040. National Geographic, "When Nature Runs Wild, the Results Can Be Spectacular," 16 June 2018 Among the brightest of those homegrown stars is Zhao Bowen, a Chinese science prodigy who dropped out of high school to start running a genetics lab. Author: Ben Guarino, Emily Rauhala, William Wan, Anchorage Daily News, "China challenges American dominance of science," 4 June 2018 The Premier League’s strength has been to the detriment of the national team since its inception in 1992-93 as foreign imports have taken the places of homegrown players. Rob Harris, The Seattle Times, "Enforced development helps give Europe a grip on World Cup," 10 July 2018 Replacing even a chunk of those with homegrown beans may prove as herculean a task for China as weaning itself from US microchips. Raymond Zhong, BostonGlobe.com, "China’s taste for soybeans is a weak spot in trade war with Trump," 9 July 2018 There were also two former teammates in attendance: Brian Carroll, who retired last year, and Zach Pfeffer, the Union’s first homegrown player. Jonathan Tannenwald, Philly.com, "Sébastien Le Toux is 'here forever' with Union ring of honor induction," 23 June 2018 This has always been Peter Vermes' vision of Sporting's best self, a homegrown, young, fast, active, athletic group with the coach's personality embedded in their soccer instincts and worldview. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Trump kicks the NFL, Chiefs fans are cocky (?) and Mahomes' endorsements," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of homegrown

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: grown or made at home or in your local area

: raised in or coming from your local area

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