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: a loosely woven usually woolen or linen fabric originally made from homespun yarn

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 Last summer, Dua Lipa shared photos on her Instagram wearing a homespun iteration complete with flower and rainbow patches. Vogue, 12 Apr. 2022 The Museum of Appalachia’s origins were fittingly homespun. Alex Traub, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2022 His homespun sermons packed the church every weekend, and the priest frequently visited the region’s agricultural fields with lunches for campesinos, many of whom hailed from his native Michoacán. Los Angeles Times, 31 Oct. 2021 It’s a fun, easy, inexpensive way to add a little professional flair to a homespun tree. Christine Lennon, Sunset Magazine, 3 Dec. 2021 Both items use fabric left over from past Loeffler Randall designs, a homespun callback to the love of quilting and DIY-crafting Randall doubled down on last year. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 19 Nov. 2021 With its semi-old-school special effects—who isn’t a little nostalgic for those staticky, zig-zaggy ghostbuster-gun effects?—it seeks to delight us with its homespun wholesomeness. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 19 Nov. 2021 For this reason, scientists have even likened the homespun structure to a gill. Shi En Kim, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Oct. 2021 But overall, there is a kind of homespun quality that is personal yet creative., 26 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Reference the past To sound homespun, Biden often talks about his parents and his family, but all of that is about past. Jerry Weissman, Forbes, 3 May 2022 This can be over a meal or simply at a homespun or professional mixer. Nona Djavid, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 Her Ruthie, inheritor of a hallowed homespun eatery in Philadelphia, is the surefire anchor of the world-premiere production, with music and lyrics by Nolan Williams Jr. and a book by Williams and Nikkole Salter. Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2022 Given Charlene's absence and concerns over COVID, the twins' party will have a more homespun feel, Albert says. Peter Mikelbank,, 10 Dec. 2021 These towering platform suede sandals can carry you right into the holiday season, while these feminine slides have a homespun feel, and would look great with a little black dress or a laidback pair of straight-leg jeans, depending on your mood. Jennifer Chan,, 3 Sep. 2021 The designer and entrepreneur has made waves on social media for his insanely innovative and unconventional DIYs; each design challenges the typical scope of most other homespun projects. Nathalie Kirby, House Beautiful, 29 July 2021 Co-owner Javier Garcia, fresh off a January trip to his native Jalisco, Mexico, brought some new skills back — and some killer equipment — to bring this homespun favorite to their customer. Amy Drew Thompson,, 11 June 2021 On the heels of BJ Barham’s homespun livestream covers series, the North Carolina singer-songwriter convened his players in an Asheville, North Carolina, studio last November to record a full record of Nineties country tunes. Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone, 7 May 2021 See More

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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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28 Apr 2022

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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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