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.

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Speculation of the arrival of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's baby heightened during the week of April 22 after it was reported that Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, had flown from her hometown of L.A. to the U.K. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Is Officially in Labor with the Royal Baby," 6 May 2019 The update came more than a month after Tibbetts was last seen jogging near her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa, on July 18, about an hour's drive away from Pella. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Mollie Tibbetts, University of Iowa student, found dead: A timeline of events," 19 Sep. 2018 Will Smith married Jada Pinkett in a mansion near her hometown of Baltimore on Dec. 31, 1997. Sofia Mele, Billboard, "11 Secret Music Marriages, From Cardi B & Offset to Beyonce & JAY-Z," 26 June 2018 With a traditional prosthetic potentially costing thousands of dollars, Hailey's mom, Yong Dawson, turned for help near their hometown, reaching out to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Rebecca Bratek, CBS News, "8-year-old with 3D-printed hand throws out her 12th first pitch at MLB stadium," 12 June 2018 Daenarys has gathered a group of allies in her hometown of Dragonstone and is preparing her next move on Casterly Rock, the home of the Lannisters. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "This Is How Season 7 of 'Game of Thrones' Ended," 13 Apr. 2019 Share your color commentary: Email us at HALFTIMEREPORT@FOXNEWS.COM and please make sure to include your name and hometown. Fox News, "Video from 2011 creates headaches for Sinema," 12 Oct. 2018 These hackers had access to everything from personal data — name, gender, hometown — to really personal data, like users’ private messages. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Why should anybody trust Facebook with their personal data?," 28 Sep. 2018 Police declined to release the name or hometown of the 15-year-old passenger. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, "Prince William teen who died in Friday car crash was a passenger," 9 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 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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