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[hohm-kuhm-ing] /ˈhoʊmˌkʌm ɪŋ/
a return to one's home; arrival at home.
an annual event held by a college, university, or high school for visiting alumni.
Origin of homecoming
1325-75; 1930-35 for def 2; Middle English homcomyng; replacing Middle English hamcume, Old English hāmcyme, equivalent to hām home + cyme arrival; see come, -ing1
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homecomer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for homecoming
  • For the space shuttle astronauts, today's homecoming will be no joy ride.
  • No, not being homecoming queen, although she did that last fall.
  • Other big events include the homecoming football game, pep rally and dance, which all take place in the fall.
British Dictionary definitions for homecoming


the act of coming home
(US) an annual celebration held by a university, college, or school, for former students
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Word Origin and History for homecoming

mid-13c. in literal sense of "a coming home," from home (n.) + present participle of come. Cf. Old English hamcyme "return." Attested from 1935 in U.S. high school dance sense. Used earlier in Britain in reference to the annual return of natives to the Isle of Man.

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