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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The Eurospace report pleads for protectionism to help safeguard its homegrown space industries. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How American Space Launch Left Europe in the Dust," 18 Oct. 2018 China is investing billions to build a homegrown chip industry, which should be good news for Applied and Lam. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Big Spenders Pinch Chip Equipment Makers," 18 Aug. 2018 Jones-Kelley highlighted Columbus, Ohio, which has focused on building out its retail and commerce industries, as well as Salt Lake City and the state of Utah, which have done an exceptional job of building up a homegrown tech industry. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How subway ads asking millennials to move helps economic development," 18 June 2018 Notwithstanding these festivities, Cereal City’s homegrown industry is in decline. Richard Selden, chicagotribune.com, "Battle Creek dishes up cereal — with a side of nostalgia — at breakfast-food bash in June," 22 May 2018 In fits and starts, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been trying to build up a homegrown defense industry that can supply more of India’s needs and even export weapons to other nations. Vindu Goel, New York Times, "Want to Sell Fighter Jets to India? Make Them There," 12 Apr. 2018 But that strategy may not be sustainable, especially as China continues to nurture its powerful, and increasingly popular, homegrown film industry. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Hollywood and the Limits of China's Box Office," 3 Apr. 2018 Daily fantasy sports is a homegrown industry and worthy of support. BostonGlobe.com, "Should Massachusetts permanently legalize sports fantasy betting and impose a tax on it?," 16 Mar. 2018 The homegrown industry for these products has been decimated by competitors in low-wage countries over the past decade, but there’s no anecdotal evidence or research that indicates Trump’s tariff will bring about an American renewal. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "Trump says solar tariff will create ‘a lot of jobs.’ But it could wipe out many more.," 29 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of homegrown

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of homegrown was in 1647

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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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