Definition of homecoming in English:



  • 1An instance of returning home.

    ‘she spent most of the day preparing for her husband's homecoming’
    • ‘Julie and Jamie are preparing for the homecoming of Marcus's twin brother, Steven, who is now just over four weeks old.’
    • ‘Her homecoming is somewhat earlier than expected, hastened by the recent stormy weather in the North Atlantic.’
    • ‘One of the biggest cheers was reserved for Tom when he joined the players in the pavilion for the homecoming on Thursday night.’
    • ‘But his excitement over the prospect of two homecomings in the space of a few days is tempered by the knowledge that he is in no position to play the returning hero.’
    • ‘Terry will have a homecoming this week, returning to the track where he received his only formal race instruction.’
    • ‘She always kept close contact with her family abroad in USA and Britain and the homecomings were frequent for that family who loved the trip home to the old home with Maisie and Martin and the parents.’
    • ‘Both had made plans to return home for the winter, expecting their homecoming to be something joyous.’
    • ‘She received a huge homecoming on her return to Bradford and had lived and worked in the city ever since.’
    • ‘This is the homecoming, the return of the prodigal sons to the family fold.’
    • ‘For his lieutenants, his homecoming signals the revival of the right-wing movement in South Africa.’
    • ‘Martin, who was treated to a super homecoming in his native village is wished continued success in his cycling career.’
    • ‘Many of those who could not watch the game would love to give a proper homecoming to their heroes.’
    • ‘Anyone who has ever witnessed one of those homecomings at an airport and watched as strangers applauded this person in uniform knows how very deeply those feelings run.’
    • ‘The stories of men's final release and of their homecomings can be heart-wrenching.’
    • ‘But now she is making plans for the big homecoming which will see the family reunited for the first time.’
    • ‘In Charles Wheeler's compelling Radio 4 series, Coming Home, survivors of different nationalities, offer accounts of the aftermath of war - not only the arduous homecomings of 1945, but its legacy today.’
    • ‘Barbara said coming back to York had been something of a homecoming and they were looking forward to welcoming some familiar faces.’
    • ‘Of those who came to pay tribute, many told how Jane had inspired them - all saying they wouldn't have missed her homecoming for the world.’
    • ‘We really want to do the best we can for our returning soldiers and make these homecomings as memorable for them as we can.’
    • ‘Hear what Australia's most senior Catholic priest had to say upon his homecoming to Ballarat.’
    1. 1.1North American A reunion of former students of a university, college, or high school.
      • ‘We enter into the tiny town and it is like a huge homecoming parade!’
      • ‘During homecoming, Henson sought to reassure a roomful of anxious alumni.’
      • ‘Today's students are tomorrow's alumni and we're attempting to appeal to both groups to make this one of the best homecomings ever.’
      • ‘Let's go shopping after school, homecoming is only a week and a half away.’
      • ‘At the homecoming game the next day, Marco had heard I was going with Pete to the dance.’
      • ‘So I guess she now resents the fact that when all her friends were busy attending homecomings and senior proms, she was in Los Angeles waitressing, and trying to feed her 1-year-old daughter.’
      • ‘Needing one more dress for the event, she modified her high school homecoming dress to compete.’
      • ‘That small bit of pressure on the ankle translates to a lot of pressure on Hill's homecoming exhibition game.’
      • ‘He strangely felt like a nervous school boy picking up his homecoming date.’
      • ‘After the homecoming dance I'd learned dresses and heels were a bad choice for dancers.’
      • ‘I've been hinting at Mikey about taking me to the homecoming, but I've gotten nowhere.’
      • ‘Plan for good cheer and great food that will make this a homecoming to remember for years to come.’
      • ‘It was going to be one big weekend festival, ending at the homecoming dance on Saturday.’
      • ‘Deciding to give the boys a homecoming party, they brought food and drink to the Union Pacific depot.’
      • ‘He saw pictures of her growing up: her graduation, homecomings, prom, and birthdays.’
      • ‘Also this week everyone gets to chose the homecoming Queen and her court.’
      • ‘Ask him about the crown he had to wear when he was homecoming king of his high school.’
      • ‘Espy still winces a little as he recalls a homecoming game at his daughter's high school.’
      • ‘He dated the girl who was picked as homecoming queen his junior year in high school.’
      • ‘All homecoming candidates got to skip fifth period to go to the locker rooms and get ready.’