noun, often attributive
home·​town | \ ˈhōm-ˈtau̇n How to pronounce hometown (audio) \

Definition of hometown

: the city or town where one was born or grew up also : the place of one's principal residence

Examples of hometown in a Sentence

She returned to her hometown to stay after college.

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Reed, who unsuccessfully ran for a city council seat in her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama last year, says that taking the time to listen to constituents is crucial. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "10 Things You Should Know About Door-to-Door Political Canvassing," 31 Oct. 2018 Edwards-Anderson's husband, Greg, who grew up with hens in his hometown of Selma, Alabama, is not squeamish about turning their hens into stew when the time comes. Denise Foley, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Raising Backyard Chickens," 14 Aug. 2018 Just 30 minutes from Amsterdam, Haarlem is the hometown of Frans Hals, the Dutch portrait painter during the 17th-century Golden Age. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "What’s new in Germany and the Low Countries for 2019," 23 Jan. 2019 On the other end of the line was a bruja, a witch, from the detective’s hometown of Xaltianguis. David Luhnow, WSJ, "Mexicans, Hit by Murder Wave, Face Long, Often Futile Wait for Justice," 25 Dec. 2018 The company kept the Entegris name, but not the hometown. BostonGlobe.com, "Demand for chips is insatiable, and that’s just fine with Entegris," 9 July 2018 His hometown is in Fort Valley, Georgia, smack dab in Peach County. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Famous Georgia peach truck making pit stops across southern Michigan," 2 July 2018 With both the hometown Orioles and Ravens facing attendance problems, the need to sweeten the fan experience has become even more crucial. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "Amid attendance woes, Orioles and Ravens aggressively court fans," 25 June 2018 His daughter, Kelly Carlin, has donated her father’s archive to the new National Comedy Center in Jamestown, N.Y. — the hometown of Lucille Ball — which opens Aug. 1. Susan King, latimes.com, "George Carlin's comedy 'stuff' finds new homes in a DVD anthology — and in a museum," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of hometown

1851, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of hometown

: the city or town where you were born or grew up


home·​town | \ ˈhōm-ˈtau̇n How to pronounce hometown (audio) \

Kids Definition of hometown

: the city or town where a person was born or grew up

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