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.

Recent Examples on the Web

The project offers a brooding reflection on love, whether for the singer's titular hometown, his young daughter, a significant other, or himself. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Elton John and Husband David Furnish Tell 6LACK About Sending Each Other Weekly Love Letters for 25 Years," 26 Sep. 2018 The morning after her big engagement party in her hometown, Chloe is getting dressed to reunite with Jon. Hannah Orenstein, Vox, "How do you choose an outfit for a fictional character? 5 authors explain.," 12 Sep. 2018 On the floor at the time of our tour were a number of buses bound for Stanford University, Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, and BYD's hometown, Lancaster. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Are diesel’s days numbered? A view from a trip to BYD’s electric bus factory," 14 Aug. 2018 At the start of the story, Wynonna has just turned 27 and has returned to her old hometown of Purgatory, in the vicinity of the Canadian Rockies. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Wynonna Earp is back, and there’s still time to catch up on Netflix," 20 July 2018 On Thursday, July 5, one week after a shooting at the Capital Gazette that left five newspaper employees dead, President Donald Trump paid a visit to my hometown, in Great Falls, Montana. Zach Schermele, Teen Vogue, "Student Journalists are More Important Than Ever Before in the Trump Era," 18 July 2018 The Klan gained particularly formidable power in Oregon, especially in my hometown, Portland; Oregon shared with Indiana the distinction of having the highest per capita Klan membership. Longreads, "Oregon’s Racist Past," 12 July 2018 With the help of her supportive parents, Carolyn and Bob Pinta, the seventh-grader is planning the first-ever pride event for her hometown, Buffalo Grove, Illinois, which is about an hour’s drive from Aurora. Eric Duran /, NBC News, "Illinois town will get first pride parade thanks to this 12-year-old," 11 July 2018 Prince's quote was resurrected in February when word leaked that Justin Timberlake was rumored to be performing with a Prince hologram at his Super Bowl 52 halftime show in Prince's hometown, Minneapolis. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "He's been dead for 30 years. But he's coming in concert to South Florida," 10 July 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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