One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The gathering in of the final part of the year's harvest.
gathering in of the crops, harvesting, harvest timeView synonyms
- ‘The cumbrous wain, bearing the last load, has been seen rocking across the furrowed field and to joyous shouts of "Harvest Home" it has been safely borne to the now overflowing barn or swelling stack-yard.’
- ‘Indeed, to celebrate harvest home a festive crowdie could be made with cream and sugar.’
- ‘There is evidence that in the past, frumenty was eaten at secular feasts, in celebration of harvest home, for instance.’
- 1.1 A festival marking the end of the harvest period.
- ‘We had a really good weekend when we went to the Harvest Home festival at the Totara Estate a little south of Oamaru.’
- ‘Despite the bad publicity generated by Thomas Tryons novel, Harvest Home is the pleasantest of holidays. Admittedly, it does involve the concept of sacrifice, but one that is symbolic only.’
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