home·​made | \ ˈhō(m)-ˈmād How to pronounce homemade (audio) \

Definition of homemade

1 : made in the home, on the premises, or by one's own efforts
2 : of domestic manufacture

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Investigators say the Rochester-area residents had access to 23 rifles and shotguns and three homemade explosives when they were arrested in January. Washington Post, "Court orders revisions to legislative districts," 4 Sep. 2019 Workers from the Department of Motor Vehicles walked across the street for lemonade and passersby stopped, tempted by the homemade cookies. Kathleen Mcwilliams, courant.com, "Wethersfield cousins run lemonade stand to fundraise for Camp Courant," 16 Aug. 2019 Afghan IEDs made with homemade explosives are also generally far larger than the military-grade IEDs employed by insurgents in Iraq. Fox News, "How the Taliban remained dominant in Afghanistan: Terrifying tactics and an advancing weapons arsenal," 7 Aug. 2019 On Friday, Hong Kong police discovered a stash of a powerful homemade explosive and arrested a man in a raid on a commercial building. NBC News, "Police launch tear gas, masked assailants attack protesters as Hong Kong march turns violent," 21 July 2019 Annie adds to the bottom line by selling fan-favorite homemade cookies during performances. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Breakthrough Theatre defies death to celebrate 10th anniversary," 17 July 2019 Fieldy found many explosives, including a 60-pound plastic barrel containing homemade explosives. Grant Suneson And John Harrington, USA TODAY, "The 25 most heroic dogs in America," 5 July 2018 The assailant’s homemade explosives included gas canisters taped together to look like pipe bombs, along with pressure-cooker bombs similar to those used in the Boston Marathon attack, authorities have said. Manny Fernandez, BostonGlobe.com, "Suspect had message for classmates: ‘You will pay’," 19 May 2018 Prosecutors argued the plot was more than just words, telling jurors that the men also manufactured homemade explosives and tested them. Roxana Hegeman, chicagotribune.com, "3 men convicted in Kansas plot to bomb Somali refugees," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of homemade

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of homemade

: made in the home and not in a factory, store, etc.


home·​made | \ ˈhōm-ˈmād How to pronounce homemade (audio) \

Kids Definition of homemade

: made in the home homemade bread

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miscellaneous remnants or debris

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