homecoming

[hohm-kuhm-ing]
noun
1.
a return to one's home; arrival at home.
2.
an annual event held by a college, university, or high school for visiting alumni.

Origin:
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

homecomer, noun
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homecoming (ˈhəʊmˌkʌmɪŋ)
 
n
1.  the act of coming home
2.  (US) an annual celebration held by a university, college, or school, for former students

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homecoming
c.1385 in literal sense of "a coming home;" 1935 in U.S. high school sense. Used earlier in Britain in ref. to the annual return of native to the Isle of Man.
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Example sentences
For the space shuttle astronauts, today's homecoming will be no joy ride.
Other big events include the homecoming football game, pep rally and dance, which all take place in the fall.
No, not being homecoming queen, although she did that last fall.
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