Definition of homestay in US English:

homestay

noun

  • A vacation or other period abroad spent staying in the home of a local family.

    ‘my three-week homestay in southern Japan’
    as modifier ‘a homestay program’
    • ‘Olympic bid organisers want residents to take part in a homestay programme, by offering accommodation to athletes' families during the competition.’
    • ‘The Center for Japanese Studies coordinates a homestay program for Notre Dame students.’
    • ‘The increasing popularity of these courses is creating extra demand for 'Homestay' families to accommodate students.’
    • ‘They are being hosted on a homestay basis by local families, another way to help them boost their English skills.’
    • ‘These students, coming down for the first time, would interact with the local public, as homestays had been arranged for them in villages in the periphery.’
    • ‘I'm hopeful that this minor illness, that has been with me since my homestay, will disappear by tomorrow.’
    • ‘The club's youth exchange program has sent many young Indonesians to other countries and has long been a model for homestays abroad.’
    • ‘Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito was reunited Wednesday with Colin Harper who was his host for his weeklong homestay in Australia in 1974.’
    • ‘The difficulty in obtaining financial assistance was found to be particularly damaging for the growing "homestay" sector, according to the report.’
    • ‘A yoga and homestay programme was arranged by the Art of Living.’
    • ‘For many of the previous students, the homestay has provided the highlight of their visit, enabling them to experience our local culture at first hand.’
    • ‘Here in Christchurch, New Zealand, she is in her fourth homestay in a household where she is their thirteenth homestay student.’
    • ‘Three of them were being taken good care by the homestay parents.’
    • ‘We asked our hosts why only two of the nearly 50 families in the village had opted to provide homestays.’
    • ‘The girls fly out on August 4, and after the camp with enjoy homestay visits for the next few days with Korean families before returning on August 12.’

Pronunciation

homestay

/ˈhōmˌstā/