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.
Recent Examples on the Web An interview by Dave Ellis, a police chief in Troy, N.H., was quickly noted by residents in his hometown, who called for his resignation. Kim Bellware, BostonGlobe.com, "Police departments across the US open probes into whether their own members took part in the Capitol riot," 9 Jan. 2021 The girlfriend is moving back to her hometown, 120 miles away, to be near her family for support. Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: When happy holidays turn harried," 21 Dec. 2020 The all-new adventures explore both Maldonia and Tiana’s beloved hometown, New Orleans. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Check Out All the Big Announcements From Disney Investors Day," 11 Dec. 2020 Adams honed this unwavering outlook while dating in her hometown of Orange County, which is a majority white community. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Tayshia Adams Is Making More Bachelor Nation History Than You Realize," 9 Dec. 2020 Earlier this month, the hip-hop star launched the Cactus Jack Foundation in his hometown, a project which provides educational and creative resources for the next generation of youth. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Now You Can Buy the Travis Scott Cologne and Scented Candle," 30 Nov. 2020 Ochoa and her children made it to the border bridge in early April, after hours of hitchhiking and walking from her hometown, the coastal city of Puerto Cabello -- more than 450 miles (730 km) from the border. Marta Martinez, CNN, "Women fleeing Venezuela are being targeted for abuse amid pandemic border closures," 22 Nov. 2020 The onscreen version of Smith was shipped off from West Philadelphia (Smith's real hometown) to the ritzy Los Angeles neighborhood to live with his wealthy relatives, the Banks family. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Will Smith and Janet Hubert extinguish ugly, decades-long feud in 'Fresh Prince' reunion," 19 Nov. 2020 Schentell Nunn’s first job out of high school was working for the floral department of a grocery store in her small Vermont hometown, a perfect fit for her lifetime interest in arts and crafts. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, "We’re extremely here for ‘Full Bloom,’ the ‘GBBS’ of elite floral design," 7 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of hometown

1851, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hometown was in 1851

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17 Jan 2021

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“Hometown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hometown. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce hometown (audio)

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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