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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Pushing back on the fees were elected commissioners in Collin County, near Dallas, which is Paxton’s hometown and is responsible for paying the prosecution team. Paul J. Weber, The Seattle Times, "Ruling throws indicted Texas AG’s case into more uncertainty," 21 Nov. 2018 The game’s story mode leads you through gloomy Gotham, sunny Metropolis, and even to the fiery realm of Apokolips, with a detour to Clark Kent’s hometown of Smallville thrown in for good measure. Sarah Leboeuf, Ars Technica, "LEGO DC Super-Villains," 22 Oct. 2018 In Apple’s hometown of Cupertino, a debate over the fate of an old mall epitomizes Silicon Valley’s class divide. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Is the podcast bubble bursting?," 24 Sep. 2018 Another city also responded: The mayor of Jeffersonville, Indiana — Schnatter’s hometown — ordered his name removed from its local field house on Wednesday. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Papa John’s founder resigns as chairman after using a racial slur on a call," 12 July 2018 Last weekend, four teens from Sixers star Joel Embiid’s hometown in Cameroon were set to travel to the U.S. for a weeks-long Philadelphia Youth Basketball program. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Pickleball takes over the Jersey Shore, Pa. Supreme Court donations in question | Morning Newsletter," 12 July 2018 Novotna’s last efforts in tennis were spent coaching Barbora Krejcikova, 22, who also hailed from Brno, Czech Republic, Novotna’s hometown. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "The Wisdom of Jana Novotna Lives On in a Young Czech Player," 10 July 2018 Ferrari Dinos, that is—got together in the automaker’s hometown of Maranello, Italy this week, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the beloved car’s road debut. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "This Week in the Future of Cars: Lofty Goals, Raw Ambition," 7 July 2018 Cupertino, Apple’s hometown, had considered following Mountain View’s lead, but its council last week decided to delay those discussions. Wendy Lee, SFChronicle.com, "Google tax to go before voters as tech giant’s hometown puts proposal on ballot," 26 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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