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.
  3. 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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Examples from the Web for home-made

Contemporary Examples of home-made

Historical Examples of home-made

  • He dumped another bucket of slops into the home-made trough.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • "And when you achieve the fine loaf, you may revel in home-made rolls," I answered.

    Culture and Cooking

    Catherine Owen

  • He waved Corinne aside and continued his experiments with the home-made robot.

    Weak on Square Roots

    Russell Burton

  • It was not a home-made whistle now, but a fiddle bought out of his wages.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • And most of the things you see here are home-made, during the long winters.

    The Princess Virginia

    C. N. Williamson

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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Word Origin and History for home-made



also home-made, 1650s, from home (n.) + made.

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