a return to one's home; arrival at home.
an annual event held by a college, university, or high school for visiting alumni.

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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  • All the gladness seemed to have been taken out of the homecoming.

    The Little Colonel

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • Finally, it would be a great and glad surprise for Betty on her homecoming.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • To Jerry the homecoming was even sweeter than she had dreamed.


    Jane Abbott

  • To them the Utopia of life would have been their homecoming.

    On the Heels of De Wet

    The Intelligence Officer

  • Rome had acclaimed the Cæsar and rejoiced over his homecoming.

    "Unto Caesar"

    Baroness Emmuska Orczy

British Dictionary definitions for homecoming



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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