home·​grown | \ ˈhōm-ˈgrōn How to pronounce homegrown (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web It’s now a homegrown restaurant selling chicken at six spice levels. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Has Dallas hit peak chicken? A look at Nashville hot chicken’s North Texas takeover," 3 Feb. 2021 Otherwise, the Giants have had far better success developing homegrown pitchers into closers (Brian Wilson, Sergio Romo) and trading for relievers and converting them into closers (Will Smith, Tim Worrell, Rod Beck). John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "How Giants plan to fill the closer’s role in 2021," 19 Jan. 2021 The homegrown American insurrection lacked any sort of ideological foundation. Ani Kokobobo, The Conversation, "Dostoevsky warned of the strain of nihilism that infects Donald Trump and his movement," 13 Jan. 2021 Centerview has about 60 partners, more than half of them homegrown. Dana Cimilluca, WSJ, "Centerview Resists Lure of Record IPO Market," 23 Dec. 2020 Much like Panconesi’s home, his work is an ever-changing collage of ancient and contemporary, homegrown and far-flung influences. New York Times, "A Designer Who Lives Surrounded by Gems," 22 Dec. 2020 Six additional players were automatically protected due to their status as homegrown or Generation Adidas athletes — Daryl Dike, Jordan Bender, Michael Halliday, David Loera, Benji Michel and Mason Stajduhar. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando City protects key veterans ahead of expansion draft," 14 Dec. 2020 In addition to the 40 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine, the U.K. government has secured doses for seven different vaccines, including 100 million doses of the homegrown AstraZeneca/University of Oxford vaccine alone. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "Who gets first dibs on a COVID-19 vaccine? The U.K.’s historic rollout today reveals who gets precedent," 8 Dec. 2020 Give your family a taste of something homegrown this season with a selection of jars from Garden Girl Foods. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "Shop local: Here are 5 holiday gift ideas from Black-owned businesses in Louisville," 12 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of homegrown

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Feb 2021

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“Homegrown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homegrown. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of homegrown

: grown or made at home or in your local area
: raised in or coming from your local area

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