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[hohm-meyd] /ˈhoʊmˈmeɪd/
made or prepared at home, locally, or by the maker's own efforts:
The restaurant's pastry is homemade. Breakfast at the farmhouse always meant homemade preserves.
made in one's own country; domestic:
I prefer a homemade car to one of those foreign models.
made, contrived, or assembled by oneself; not professionally made or done; amateurish:
the plain look of homemade furniture.
Origin of homemade
1650-60; home + made Unabridged
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  • The world's not ended yet, even if they have burned up our home-made mission furniture!

    Darkness and Dawn George Allan England
  • It was not a home-made whistle now, but a fiddle bought out of his wages.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • It seems that Lieutenant Cox had received a box from home containing, among other dainties, a bottle of home-made wine.

    Memories Fannie A. (Mrs.) Beers
  • home-made was an adjective that might be applied to nearly every article in the house.

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • Every soldier volunteering for eight months' service was given one of these homespun, home-made, all-wool coats as a bounty.

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • Most of the slaves lived in log cabins, and the beds were home-made.

  • home-made bread is one thing that everybody likes, and while it takes time and patience, it is not really hard to make.

    Cookery for Little Girls Olive Hyde Foster
British Dictionary definitions for home-made


(esp of cakes, jam, and other foods) made at home or on the premises, esp of high-quality ingredients
crudely fashioned
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Word Origin and History for home-made



also home-made, 1650s, from home (n.) + made.

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