Definition of homecoming in English:

homecoming

noun

  • 1An instance of returning home.

    • ‘For his lieutenants, his homecoming signals the revival of the right-wing movement in South Africa.’
    • ‘Her homecoming is somewhat earlier than expected, hastened by the recent stormy weather in the North Atlantic.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Barbara said coming back to York had been something of a homecoming and they were looking forward to welcoming some familiar faces.’
    • ‘But now she is making plans for the big homecoming which will see the family reunited for the first time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Julie and Jamie are preparing for the homecoming of Marcus's twin brother, Steven, who is now just over four weeks old.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many of those who could not watch the game would love to give a proper homecoming to their heroes.’
    • ‘Both had made plans to return home for the winter, expecting their homecoming to be something joyous.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Terry will have a homecoming this week, returning to the track where he received his only formal race instruction.’
    • ‘Martin, who was treated to a super homecoming in his native village is wished continued success in his cycling career.’
    • ‘The stories of men's final release and of their homecomings can be heart-wrenching.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hear what Australia's most senior Catholic priest had to say upon his homecoming to Ballarat.’
    • ‘One of the biggest cheers was reserved for Tom when he joined the players in the pavilion for the homecoming on Thursday night.’
    • ‘We really want to do the best we can for our returning soldiers and make these homecomings as memorable for them as we can.’
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    1. 1.1North American A high school, college, or university game, dance, or other event to which alumni are invited.
      • ‘After the homecoming dance I'd learned dresses and heels were a bad choice for dancers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All homecoming candidates got to skip fifth period to go to the locker rooms and get ready.’
      • ‘It was going to be one big weekend festival, ending at the homecoming dance on Saturday.’
      • ‘Let's go shopping after school, homecoming is only a week and a half away.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 dated the girl who was picked as homecoming queen his junior year in high school.’
      • ‘At the homecoming game the next day, Marco had heard I was going with Pete to the dance.’
      • ‘He saw pictures of her growing up: her graduation, homecomings, prom, and birthdays.’
      • ‘Espy still winces a little as he recalls a homecoming game at his daughter's high school.’
      • ‘Ask him about the crown he had to wear when he was homecoming king of his high school.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘During homecoming, Henson sought to reassure a roomful of anxious alumni.’
      • ‘Deciding to give the boys a homecoming party, they brought food and drink to the Union Pacific depot.’
      • ‘We enter into the tiny town and it is like a huge homecoming parade!’
      • ‘He strangely felt like a nervous school boy picking up his homecoming date.’
      • ‘Also this week everyone gets to chose the homecoming Queen and her court.’

Pronunciation

homecoming

/ˈhoʊmˌkəmɪŋ//ˈhōmˌkəmiNG/