[ at-hohm ]
/ ætˈhoʊm /


Also at home. a reception of visitors at certain hours at one's home.


done or used in the home; intended for one's home: a new line of at-home computers; at-home assignments for free-lance workers.

Origin of at-home

First recorded in 1740–45

Definition for at home (2 of 2)

Origin of home

before 900; Middle English hom, Old English hām (noun and adv.); cognate with Dutch heim, Old Norse heimr, Danish hjem, Swedish hem, German Heim home, Gothic haims village; akin to haunt


2 hearth, fireside.
3 asylum.

Related forms

min·i·home, noun

Can be confused

home house (see synonym study at house) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for at home (1 of 3)



another name for open day
a social gathering in a person's home

British Dictionary definitions for at home (2 of 3)


/ (hjuːm) /


British Dictionary definitions for at home (3 of 3)

Derived Forms

homelike, adjective

Word Origin for home

Old English hām; related to Old Norse heimr, Gothic haims, Old High German heim, Dutch heem, Greek kōmi village
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Idioms and Phrases with at home (1 of 2)

at home


In one's own residence, town, or country. For example, Mary was not at home when I called, or Tourists in a foreign country often behave more rudely than they do at home. This idiom was first recorded in a ninth-century treatise.


Ready to receive a visitor, as in We are always at home to our neighbor's children. This usage gave rise to the noun at-home, meaning a reception to which guests are invited on a specific day at specific hours (also see open house). [c. 1600]


Also, at home with. Comfortable and familiar, as in Mary always makes us feel at home, or I've never been at home with his style of management. [Early 1500s] Also see at ease, def. 1.


Also, at home with. Proficient, well-versed in, as in Young John is so much at home with numbers that he may well become a mathematician, or Chris is really at home in French. [Late 1700s]


In team sports, playing on one's own field or in one's own town. For example, The Red Sox always do better at home than they do at away games.

Idioms and Phrases with at home (2 of 2)


In addition to the idioms beginning with home

  • home free
  • home in on
  • home run
  • home truth

also see:

  • at home
  • bring home
  • bring home the bacon
  • chickens come home to roost
  • close to home

Drive Homeeat someone out of house and homemake oneself at homenobody homenothing to write home abouttill the cows come home.

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