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 Some of the earliest work in the field was conducted by Lars Bygren, a Swedish epidemiologist who used historical data from his hometown of Overkalix to reveal intriguing connections between feast, famine and the long-term health of men in 2001. Judith Finlayson, chicagotribune.com, "Men’s lifestyles can affect babies’ health," 27 Nov. 2019 So for now, George offered a compelling solo act in front of his girlfriend, parents, sister and about five to 10 friends from his Palmdale hometown. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Clippers' Paul George chalks up his strong play to 'new shoulders'," 17 Nov. 2019 In 1999, a young single mom named Pattie Mallette attended a Christian conference in Toronto, about 90 miles from her hometown in Canada. Jennifer Swann, Marie Claire, "Will Worship for Likes," 6 Nov. 2019 Michigan State University was only a little more than 100 miles away from his hometown on the Canadian border, but Giani had been warned that making the trek to East Lansing would plunge him into an entirely different world. BostonGlobe.com, "“Most of the people in my hometown are conservative,” Giani, now 21, said. “If you’re conservative, you’re Christian, and if you’re Christian, you’re conservative.”," 5 Nov. 2019 Brosley, 33 at the time, had been reported missing from her hometown of Massachusetts in June that year. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "He killed woman after woman after woman after woman ...," 27 Oct. 2019 Prosecutors allege that Crusius drove more than 10 hours from his hometown of Allen, near Dallas, to carry out the shooting, which also injured 24 people. Fox News, "El Paso Walmart massacre suspect pleads not guilty to capital murder charges," 11 Oct. 2019 During the last weekend of September, the BFFs flew from their hometown in Wisconsin to NYC for their Seventeen Styling Session and photo shoot. Maya Mcdowell, Seventeen, "These Two Besties Won a Seventeen Styling Session Just in Time for Homecoming," 8 Oct. 2019 Nevada was a hot team under then-coach Eric Musselman, returning its three stars from a 2018 Sweet 16 team, and the Reno campus was only a two-hour drive from Brown’s hometown of Roseville, California. Bruce Pascoe, azcentral, "Nevada transfer Jordan Brown staying positive, waiting for his time with Arizona Wildcats," 4 Oct. 2019

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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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1 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Hometown.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hometown. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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