[ hohm-meyd ]
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  1. 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.

  2. made in one's own country; domestic: I prefer a homemade car to one of those foreign models.

  1. made, contrived, or assembled by oneself; not professionally made or done; amateurish: the plain look of homemade furniture.

Origin of homemade

First recorded in 1650–60; home + made

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How to use homemade in a sentence

  • The members of the crew had hardly swallowed their thimbleful of some home-made liqueur, when the rumble of a carriage was heard.

  • Many of them came from distant countries, a few were Zanzibaris, and went home made men.

    With Edged Tools | Henry Seton Merriman
  • Sherry we banished, and Marsala and liqueurs, and there was always good home-made lemonade available.

    The New Machiavelli | Herbert George Wells
  • Then, however, each side used old guns of much the same character; flint-locks to wit, with home-made powder and bullets.

    The Cradle of Mankind | W.A. Wigram

British Dictionary definitions for home-made


  1. (esp of cakes, jam, and other foods) made at home or on the premises, esp of high-quality ingredients

  2. crudely fashioned

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