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

Contemporary Examples of homemade

Historical Examples of homemade

  • So, too, were the hot biscuits and the tea and homemade preserves and cake.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "I look the way I used to in my homemade, one-piece dresses," she breathed.


    Eliot H. Robinson

  • Commercial lime-sulphur may also be used in place of this homemade wash.

    Agriculture for Beginners

    Charles William Burkett

  • The men have been out with homemade snowplows breaking a trail.

  • They crossed on sleds to Baffin Island and in homemade boats to Greenland.

Word Origin and History for homemade

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper