Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

home - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

noun home pronunciation in British English /həʊm/
Word Forms
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the place where you live

    We go to a school close to our home.

    a child in need of a loving home

    at home:

    Peter isn’t at home today.

    away from home:

    I hate being away from home too long.

    1. a.
      [uncountable] the place where your parents live and where you grew up
      at home:

      He is 43 and still living at home.

      leave home (=permanently stop living with your parents):

      I left home when I was 18.

    2. b.
      [uncountable] the country or city where you live
      make something your home:

      We decided to make Jamaica our home.

      at home:

      a great opportunity in markets both at home and abroad

      back home (=in my country):

      Back home, the weather is much better.

      be home to:

      California is home to many vineyards.

    3. c.
      [only before noun] relating to your home rather than your work

      a home computer

      home address/telephone number:

      Write your home address at the top of your letter.

      home life (=family relationships):

      My home life is very important to me.

    4. d.
      [only before noun] done, made, or experienced at home
    5. e.
      [only before noun] relating to things that happen within a country, rather than between different countries

      These cameras sell well in the home market.

      the minister for home affairs

  2. 2
    [countable] a building for people to buy or rent

    One thousand new homes are being built in the area.

    There is a shortage of homes for rent.

    1. a.
      a building where people who need special care can live and be looked after, for example an old-people’s home or a children’s home

      They didn’t want to put their mother in a home.

      home for:

      a home for orphans

    2. b.
      British a building where animals, especially dogs or cats, who have no owner are looked after

      the city dogs’ home

  3. 3
    [uncountable] the place where a sports team is based and plays most of its games. A team that is playing at home is called the home team. If a team plays at the place where the opposing team is based, they are playing away
    at home:

    United are playing at home tonight.

  4. 4
    [singular] the place where something first started or was first made
    home of:

    Scotland is the home of golf.

  5. 5
    [uncountable] a place on a sports field that a player must try to get to in order to score a point in some sports
  6. 6
    [uncountable] computing a home page
  7. 7
    [countable] the place where a particular group of people or type of plant or animal lives
    home of:

    These wetlands are the home of a great variety of wildlife.

Open Dictionary


the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play