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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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  • He could imagine the old gardener's gladness at his homecoming.

  • Finally, it would be a great and glad surprise for Betty on her homecoming.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • Perhaps the excitement of Fanny's homecoming was partly to blame.

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare
  • To Jerry the homecoming was even sweeter than she had dreamed.

    Highacres Jane Abbott
  • The afternoon following the homecoming of the Skylark, Seaton and Dorothy returned from a long horseback ride in the park.

    The Skylark of Space Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
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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