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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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 To Hextall’s point, though, O’Brien was named USA Today High School player of the year at Thayer Academy, a prep school in Braintree, Mass., that is a mere eight miles from his hometown of Hingham. Sam Donnellon, Philly.com, "Flyers again choose talent over need | Sam Donnellon," 22 June 2018 The quiet London neighborhood, where only the sounds are of passing cars, is starkly different from their hometown of Deraa, which has witnessed some of the fiercest fighting in Syria's seven-year civil war. Serena Chaudhry, The Christian Science Monitor, "Syrian family one of fortunate few to find a new home in Britain," 20 June 2018 In the fall of 1987, a young Canadian couple set off from their hometown of Saanich, British Columbia to run a few errands in Seattle. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "The Key to Cracking Cold Cases Might Be Genealogy Sites," 1 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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