home·​spun | \ ˈhōm-ˌspən How to pronounce homespun (audio) \

Definition of homespun

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : spun or made at home
b : made of homespun
2 : simple, homely homespun philosophy



Definition of homespun (Entry 2 of 2)

: a loosely woven usually woolen or linen fabric originally made from homespun yarn

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Synonyms for homespun

Synonyms: Adjective

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Examples of homespun in a Sentence

Adjective People enjoy his folksy, homespun manner. dispenses his homespun philosophy of life in a weekly newspaper column
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Riders on homespun floats tossed candy to kids, Santa Claus made a grand appearance, and high school bands blared out festive tunes during the annual Foley Christmas parade. al, "‘Alabama Counts’: How one Republican state bucks national trends and boosts Census awareness," 2 Jan. 2020 The costumes, designed by Jacqueline Durran, are a triumph of the homespun: a plausible patchwork of things borrowed, mended, or handed down. By Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Greta Gerwig’s Raw, Startling “Little Women”," 25 Dec. 2019 As the temperatures continue to cool, a ventless fireplace may seem like a worthwhile way to embrace the homespun quality of fall and winter. Kelly Dawson, House Beautiful, "What to Know About Ventless Fireplaces," 29 Oct. 2019 Protesters wore homespun clothing and ostracised those who drank English tea—even the stuff washed ashore after the Boston Tea Party. The Economist, "Green with shame," 12 Dec. 2019 The warrant was one of many struggles Rogers endured since his homespun website became a law enforcement hit. Jon Schuppe, NBC News, "New owner of consumer DNA database GEDmatch vows to fight police search warrants," 10 Dec. 2019 There’s no denying that the company uses its B Corp status to promote its brand, with marketing materials infused with themes of naturalness, family, and homespun values. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "Danone is showing multinationals the way to a less destructive form of capitalism," 9 Dec. 2019 While the hour-long installments vary in subject, setting, genre and ability to reduce viewers to a puddle of tears, all are quintessential Dolly— offering homespun entertainment with a little something for everyone. Meredith Blake,, "Dolly Parton refuses to get political. She’d prefer to heal the divide," 18 Nov. 2019 Trump’s decor seemed to veer from previous first ladies, who often had a homespun approach. Jada Yuan, Washington Post, "Melania Trump’ s White House Christmas decorations are a monochromatic wonderland," 2 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of homespun


circa 1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1651, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of homespun was circa 1589

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6 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Homespun.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of homespun

: plain and simple


home·​spun | \ ˈhōm-ˌspən How to pronounce homespun (audio) \

Kids Definition of homespun

1 : made at home
2 : made of a loosely woven fabric originally made from yarn spun at home
3 : not fancy : simple homespun humor

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