Nearby words

  1. homalographic,
  2. homans' sign,
  3. homaxial,
  4. hombre,
  5. homburg,
  6. home aid,
  7. home automation,
  8. home banking,
  9. home base,
  10. home brand


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

1. abode, dwelling, habitation; domicile. See house. 2. hearth, fireside. 3. asylum.

Related formsmin·i·home, noun

Can be confusedhome house (see synonym study at house)




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Examples from the Web for home

British Dictionary definitions for home



the place or a place where one liveshave you no home to go to?
a house or other dwelling
a family or other group living in a house or other place
a person's country, city, etc, esp viewed as a birthplace, a residence during one's early years, or a place dear to one
the environment or habitat of a person or animal
the place where something is invented, founded, or developedthe US is the home of baseball
  1. a building or organization set up to care for orphans, the aged, etc
  2. an informal name for a mental home
sport one's own groundthe match is at home
  1. the objective towards which a player strives in certain sports
  2. an area where a player is safe from attack
  1. one of two positions of play nearest the opponents' goal
  2. a player assigned to such a positioninside home
baseball another name for home plate
NZ informal, obsolete Britain, esp England
a home from home a place other than one's own home where one can be at ease
at home
  1. in one's own home or country
  2. at ease, as if at one's own home
  3. giving an informal party at one's own home
  4. Britishsuch a party
at home in, at home on or at home with familiar or conversant with
home and dry British informal definitely safe or successfulwe will not be home and dry until the votes have been counted Austral. and NZ equivalent: home and hosed
near home concerning one deeply

adjective (usually prenominal)

of, relating to, or involving one's home, country, etc; domestic
(of an activity) done in one's househome taping
effective or deadlya home thrust
sport relating to one's own grounda home game
US central; principalthe company's home office


to or at homeI'll be home tomorrow
to or on the point
to the fullest extenthammer the nail home
(of nautical gear) into or in the best or proper positionthe boom is home
bring home to
  1. to make clear to
  2. to place the blame on
come home nautical (of an anchor) to fail to hold
come home to to become absolutely clear to
nothing to write home about informal to be of no particular interestthe film was nothing to write home about


(intr) (of birds and other animals) to return home accurately from a distance
(often foll by on or onto) to direct or be directed onto a point or target, esp by automatic navigational aids
to send or go home
to furnish with or have a home
(intr; often foll by in or in on) to be directed towards a goal, target, etc
Derived Formshomelike, 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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Word Origin and History for home
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Idioms and Phrases with home


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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