Meaning of HOME in English


I. ˈhōm noun

Etymology: Middle English hom, from Old English hām village, home; akin to Old High German heim home, Lithuanian šeima family, servants, Sanskrit kṣema habitable, kṣeti he dwells, Greek ktizein to inhabit

Date: before 12th century


a. : one's place of residence : domicile

b. : house

2. : the social unit formed by a family living together


a. : a familiar or usual setting : congenial environment ; also : the focus of one's domestic attention

home is where the heart is

b. : habitat


a. : a place of origin

salmon returning to their home to spawn

also : one's own country

having troubles at home and abroad

b. : headquarters 2

home of the dance company

5. : an establishment providing residence and care for people with special needs

home s for the elderly

6. : the objective in various games ; especially : home plate

- at home

II. adverb

Date: before 12th century

1. : to or at one's home

go home

stayed home all day


a. : to a final, closed, or ultimate position

drive a nail home

b. : to or at an ultimate objective (as a goal or finish line)

3. : to a vital sensitive core

the truth struck home

- home free

III. adjective

Date: 1552

1. : of, relating to, or being a home, place of origin, or base of operations

home office

2. : prepared, done, or designed for use in a home

home remedies

home cooking

a home videotape system

3. : operating or occurring in a home area

the home team

home games

IV. verb

( homed ; hom·ing )

Date: 1765

intransitive verb

1. : to go or return home

2. of an animal : to return accurately to one's home or natal area from a distance

3. : to proceed to or toward a source of radiated energy used as a guide

missiles home in on radar

4. : to proceed or direct attention toward an objective

science is homing in on the mysterious human process — Sam Glucksberg

transitive verb

: to send to or provide with a home

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.