noun, often attributive
home·town | \ˈhōm-ˈtau̇n \

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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Why, a couple of reserves were from Grgas’ hometown of Sibenik, and midfielder Luka Modric was from a town 45 minutes away. Dave Hyde, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Hyde: Will the World Cup and morning TV end with a Croatian surprise? | Commentary," 14 July 2018 Mike Moore, the mayor of Schnatter’s hometown of Jeffersonville, Ind., has announced that a fieldhouse named for the controversial Papa John’s founder will no longer bear his name. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Mayor removes 'Papa John' Schnatter's name from hometown gym in wake of controversy, mails back $400K donation," 13 July 2018 In 1955, Emmett Till, a Chicago native, was sent south to Mississippi to visit his uncle Mose Wright on a summer visit to the hometown of his mother, Mamie Till Mobley. Gabby Raymond, Time, "The Justice Department Has Reopened Its Investigation of Emmett Till's Murder. Here Are 5 Things to Know About the Case," 12 July 2018 During the regular soccer season, Hegarty follows Manchester United, the England Premier League Team from his hometown. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Enjoy a little World Cup fever Fox Valley-style with soccer fans from around the globe," 12 July 2018 Shreveport is about a two-hour drive from McCown’s hometown of Jacksonville, Texas. Andy Staples, SI.com, "How Important Is the Michigan-Notre Dame Opener for Both Teams' Season Outlooks?," 5 July 2018 The Bote men were among 32 family members and close friends whose presence April 21 at Coors Field made David’s major-league debut 30 miles away from his hometown of Longmont, Colo., all the more special. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "David Bote's perseverance pays off as an unlikely Cubs contributor," 5 July 2018 Then came Sunday's stunning departure from his hometown, the second time the All-Star forward has opted for palm trees over Northeast Ohio winters. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "LeBron heads west, signing with Lakers, no longer a Heat conference rival," 2 July 2018 Dozens of people from Manuel’s hometown had been rounded up and shot there, including Manuel’s brother, Antonio. Matías Costa, Smithsonian, "The Battle Over the Memory of the Spanish Civil War," 28 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 \

Kids Definition of hometown

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

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