\ ˈhōm How to pronounce home (audio) \
plural homes

Definition of home

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : one's place of residence : domicile has been away from home for two weeks a place to call home
b : house several homes for sale in the area
2 : the social unit formed by a family living together trying to make a good home for their children comes from a loving home
3a : a familiar or usual setting : congenial environment also : the focus of one's domestic attention home is where the heart is
b : habitat the home of the kangaroo The island is home to many species of birds.
4a : a place of origin salmon returning to their home to spawn also : one's own country having troubles at home and abroad
b : headquarters sense 2 home of the dance company
5 : an establishment providing residence and care for people with special needs homes for the elderly
6 : the objective in various games especially : home plate
at home
1 : relaxed and comfortable : at ease felt completely at home on the stage
2 : in harmony with the surroundings
3 : on familiar ground : knowledgeable teachers at home in their subject fields



Definition of home (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : to or at one's place of residence or home (see home entry 1 sense 1a) told the dog to go home stayed home all day
2a : to a final, closed, or ultimate position drive a nail home
b : to or at an ultimate objective (such as a goal or finish line) fired the puck home
3 : to a vital sensitive core the truth struck home
home free
: out of jeopardy : in a comfortable position with respect to some objective



Definition of home (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : of, relating to, or being a place of residence, place of origin, or base of operations the company's home office
2 : prepared, done, or designed for use in a home (see home entry 1) home remedies home cooking a home entertainment system
3 : operating or occurring in an area that is a headquarters or base of operations the home team home games


homed; homing

Definition of home (Entry 4 of 4)

intransitive verb

1 : to go or return to one's place of residence or origin : to go or return home (see home entry 1) let us home
2 of an animal : to return accurately to one's native area of place of birth or origin from a distance : to return home The salmon will home to spawn.
3 : to move to or toward an objective by following a signal or landmark usually used with on or in missiles homing in on a targetmariners … sought the dark spires of Oakland's redwoods to home on— J. W. Noble
4 : to proceed or direct attention toward an objective science is homing in on the mysterious human process— Sam Glucksberg

transitive verb

: to send to or provide with a home hidden pools and much wider creeks each of which homed its cranes— I. L. Idriess

Examples of home in a Sentence

Noun Right now his home is a small apartment. People are concerned about protecting their homes. They have a second home on the lake. There's no place like home. I must have left my notes at home. She made a good home for her husband and children. The islands are home to many species of birds. Can you find homes for these files in your office? Adverb She called home to say she would be late for dinner. He's sending money home from a job overseas. She is on her way home. It's great to be back home. I can't wait to come home. He used a hammer to drive the nail home. Adjective She has a happy home life. Please give us your home phone number. What is your home address? The team opens its home season in just two weeks. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Authorities also seized $5,000 in cash from Buie’s home. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, 1 July 2022 Once, while traveling up the California coast, cookbook author Lukas Volger was invited to a friend’s home for lunch. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 30 June 2022 An 8-year-old boy who was missing in the northwest Germany city of Oldenburg for over a week was found in the city's sewer system about a 1,000 feet from his family's home on Saturday. Paul Best, Fox News, 30 June 2022 Alternatively, if northern climates are home, consider heading south for a change of natural surroundings. Tracey Sawyer, Forbes, 29 June 2022 Blue Ash, home of the popular annual fireworks display Red, White and Blue Ash, only allows professional exhibitors to use fireworks, according to city code. Erin Couch, The Enquirer, 29 June 2022 You album was recorded for Atlantic Records, home of Stax Records and Led Zeppelin, which makes her representative of where the music and media industry stand. Armond White, National Review, 29 June 2022 In March, federal agents searched Develin’s home and found more than 25 firearms. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 29 June 2022 At Madrid’s Palacio de Liria, one of the largest private residences in the city and home to the dukes of Berwick and Alba and their families, there resides an impressive array of Cartier watches and clocks. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 29 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Dad was a fixture back home, especially in the wine community. Douglas Heye, CNN, 18 June 2022 Adam Hadwin was home in Canada last week for his own national open, an even bigger deal because the pandemic had canceled the Canadian Open the previous two years and the golf-mad fans brought enormous energy. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 17 June 2022 La Grange Park being home and her service to local government also played a big role in her decision. Hank Beckman, Chicago Tribune, 16 June 2022 The area is still home to several wild rodent populations that carry Y. pestis. Aylin Woodward, WSJ, 15 June 2022 Paulina is from Poland, so the first thing that came up was the situation back home. New York Times, 15 June 2022 Besides being home to the Essence Festival, New Orleans is known for the sounds of soul and the infusion of French cuisine. Terri Huggins Hart, Woman's Day, 14 June 2022 Paul's mother and two brothers were home at the time but none of them were hurt, Brown said. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 13 June 2022 Things were easier now that the Kings were back home in New York, in their elegant apartment on the Upper East Side. Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker, 13 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective More than 30 San Antonio fire units were in a West Side neighborhood after a multi-home fire broke out Friday morning. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 18 Feb. 2022 Current Sea Cliff neighbors include Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, hedge-fund billionaire Tom Steyer (who owns a multi-home compound) and San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 21 Sep. 2021 Virtual care is likely here to stay: Medicare began covering remote appointment benefits in 2019, but limited them to rural areas and non-home settings. oregonlive, 12 Oct. 2020 The Astros were scheduled to play two home exhibition games and six regular season games at Minute Maid Park prior to April 9 — the earliest date on which the schedule will resume. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, 14 Mar. 2020 The Hawks will play two home exhibition games at Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion (Oct. 9 and Oct. 12) as Philips Arena undergoes renovation. Michael Cunningham, ajc, 1 Oct. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb How can home shoppers find the most bang for their buck? oregonlive, 19 June 2022 The pursuit ultimately concluded in front of Simpson’s Brentwood home a little before 8 p.m., and negotiations began. Itzel Luna, Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2022 After its decision to close the Alaska Heritage Museum, the bank made plans to re-home its collection of 14,000 items at 35 different organizations, almost all of them in Alaska. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Apr. 2022 Karen Landers, district medical officer for the Alabama Department of Public Health, told STAT on Thursday that not all of the cases had a high enough viral load to be able to conduct tests to home in on the type of adenovirus. Helen Branswell, STAT, 24 Apr. 2022 For a decade, rock-bottom mortgage rates helped home buyers steadily bid up the cost of housing. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2022 For a decade, rock bottom mortgage rates helped home buyers steadily bid up the cost of housing. Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2022 Evans explores the impact that the Food Timeline had on its users, from podcast hosts to home cooks. Hallel Yadin, Longreads, 24 Mar. 2022 How could home prices continue to tick up in the face of soaring mortgage rates? Fortune, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of home


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1802, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for home


Middle English hom, hoome "dwelling, building, one's native town or land," going back to Old English hām "landed property, estate, dwelling, house, inhabited place, native land," going back to Germanic *haima- "dwelling" (whence also Old Saxon & Old Frisian hēm "home, dwelling," Middle Dutch heem, heim "dwelling," Old High German heima "dwelling, homeland," Old Norse heimr "abode, land, this world," Gothic haims "village, countryside, [in compounds] home"), of uncertain origin

Note: A widely accepted etymology sees Germanic *haima- as going back to Indo-European *ḱoi-mo, an o-grade derivative, with a suffix *-mo-, of the verbal base *ḱei- "lie, be at rest." Also from *ḱoi-mo- would be an assumed Greek *koímē or *koîmos "bed," the source of the denominal derivative koimáō, koimân "to put to bed, lay to rest" (see cemetery); further associated are Lithuanian šeimà "family, household members (including servants)," Latvian sàime, Russian Church Slavic sěmĭ "person," sěmija, translating Greek andrápoda "prisoners of war sold as slaves," sěminŭ "slave, household member," Russian sem'já "family," Ukrainian sim'já. (Lithuanian kiẽmas "farmstead, village" and káimas "village" are perhaps related, via a form with a centum outcome of ḱ, or as a loanword from Germanic.) According to an alternative hypothesis, Germanic *haima- goes back to Indo-European *tḱoi̯-mo-, a derivative with *-mo- from Indo-European *tḱei̯- "dwell, inhabit" (in a more traditional representation *ḱþei̯-; see amphictyony). Directly comparable would be Sanskrit kṣémaḥ "habitable," kṣémaḥ or -am (noun) "calm, quiet, safety," which within Sanskrit are direct derivatives from kṣéti "(s/he) dwells." The Baltic and Slavic forms cited above would then be attributable to this form.


Middle English hom, going back to Old English hām, probably from accusative of hām "dwelling, home entry 1" (with parallel forms in other Germanic languages)


from attributive use of home entry 1


derivative of home entry 1

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\ ˈhōm How to pronounce home (audio) \

Kids Definition of home

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the house or apartment where a person lives
2 : the place where a person was born or grew up
3 : habitat The Arctic is the home of polar bears.
4 : a place for the care of people unable to care for themselves an orphans' home
5 : a family living together She comes from a good home.
6 : house entry 1 sense 1 There are new homes for sale.
7 : the goal or point to be reached in some games
at home
: relaxed and comfortable Make yourself at home.



Kids Definition of home (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to or at home It feels good to be home.
2 : to the final place or limit Use a hammer to drive the nail home.

Home biographical name (1)

\ ˈhyüm How to pronounce Home (audio) , ˈhōm \

Definition of Home

 (Entry 1 of 2)

Sir Alec Douglas- 1903–1995 British prime minister (1963–64)


biographical name (2)

Definition of Home (Entry 2 of 2)

William Douglas- 1912–1992 brother of Alec Douglas-Home British dramatist

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