[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. homeboy,
  2. homebred,
  3. homebuilder,
  4. homebuilding,
  5. homebuyer,
  6. homegirl,
  7. homegrown,
  8. homeland,
  9. homeland security,
  10. homelands movement

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

Related formshome·com·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for homecoming


/ (ˈhəʊmˌkʌmɪŋ) /


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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