home·​town ˈhōm-ˈtau̇n How to pronounce hometown (audio)
often attributive
: 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 Martin Freeman in The Responder Dancing Ledge Productions United Kingdom Chris (Martin Freeman) drives a frontline response vehicle in his fragmented hometown of Liverpool. William Earl, Variety, 21 Nov. 2023 Jason Sudeikis is weighing in on his hometown of Kansas City’s newfound celebrity after visits from Taylor Swift amid her romance with Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. Kirsten Chuba, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Nov. 2023 The ranch house, located in their hometown of Plains, in Sumter County, will serve as the burial site for Rosalynn, who died Sunday at the age of 96. Erin Clements, Peoplemag, 20 Nov. 2023 Suggestions? — At a Loss At a Loss: Your sister might not want to cart herself and her carsick dog three hours to your hometown. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2023 His hilariously cringy characters from SoCal suburbia run from a day drinker with a thirst for White Claws to a former star athlete who’s never left his hometown, to a burnout Subaru driver dripping in patchouli oil and Patagonia gear. Nate Jackson, Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2023 Throughout Sonic Life, Moore, 65, primarily focuses on his evolution from music fan to indie rock pioneer, including encounters with Joey Ramone, Iggy Pop, and Kurt Cobain, and an arrest after a high-speed chase in his rural Connecticut hometown. Daniel Kohn, SPIN, 13 Nov. 2023 Along with Forte and Waddingham, Brendan Hunt, Sam Richardson, and Summer Breeze also joined Sudeikis in his hometown for the charity benefit show. Charisma Madarang, Rolling Stone, 13 Nov. 2023 The thing that hurt the most was seeing that disconnect [after hometowns at the rose ceremony]. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 10 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hometown was in 1851

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“Hometown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hometown. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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home·​town -ˈtau̇n How to pronounce hometown (audio)
: the city or town where one was born or grew up
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