At home
Home Home (h[=o]m; 110), n. [OE. hom, ham, AS. h[=a]m; akin to OS. h[=e]m, D. & G. heim, Sw. hem, Dan. hiem, Icel. heimr abode, world, heima home, Goth. haims village, Lith. k["e]mas, and perh. to Gr. kw`mh village, or to E. hind a peasant; cf. Skr. ksh[=e]ma abode, place of rest, security, kshi to dwell. [root]20, 220.] 1. One's own dwelling place; the house in which one lives; esp., the house in which one lives with his family; the habitual abode of one's family; also, one's birthplace. [1913 Webster]

The disciples went away again to their own home. --John xx. 10. [1913 Webster]

Home is the sacred refuge of our life. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Home! home! sweet, sweet home! There's no place like home. --Payne. [1913 Webster]

2. One's native land; the place or country in which one dwells; the place where one's ancestors dwell or dwelt. ``Our old home [England].'' --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]

3. The abiding place of the affections, especially of the domestic affections. [1913 Webster]

He entered in his house -- his home no more, For without hearts there is no home. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

4. The locality where a thing is usually found, or was first found, or where it is naturally abundant; habitat; seat; as, the home of the pine. [1913 Webster]

Her eyes are homes of silent prayer. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

Flandria, by plenty made the home of war. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

5. A place of refuge and rest; an asylum; as, a home for outcasts; a home for the blind; hence, esp., the grave; the final rest; also, the native and eternal dwelling place of the soul. [1913 Webster]

Man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets. --Eccl. xii. 5. [1913 Webster]

6. (Baseball) The {home base}; as, he started for home. [1913 Webster]

{At home}. (a) At one's own house, or lodgings. (b) In one's own town or country; as, peace abroad and at home. (c) Prepared to receive callers.

{Home department}, the department of executive administration, by which the internal affairs of a country are managed. [Eng.]

{To be at home on any subject}, to be conversant or familiar with it.

{To feel at home}, to be at one's ease.

{To make one's self at home}, to conduct one's self with as much freedom as if at home.

Syn: Tenement; house; dwelling; abode; domicile. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • at home — {adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. In the place where you live or come from. * * /I went to his house, but he was not at home./ * /Americans abroad are protected by the government like Americans at home./ 2. Knowing what to do or say; familiar; comfortable …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • at home — {adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. In the place where you live or come from. * * /I went to his house, but he was not at home./ * /Americans abroad are protected by the government like Americans at home./ 2. Knowing what to do or say; familiar; comfortable …   Dictionary of American idioms

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  • At home — At At, prep. [AS. [ae]t; akin to OHG. az, Goth., OS., & Icel. at, Sw. [*a]t, Dan. & L. ad.] Primarily, this word expresses the relations of presence, nearness in place or time, or direction toward; as, at the ninth hour; at the house; to aim at a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • at-home — /at hohm /, n. 1. Also, at home. a reception of visitors at certain hours at one s home. adj. 2. done or used in the home; intended for one s home: a new line of at home computers; at home assignments for free lance workers. [1740 45] * * * …   Universalium

  • At home — (engl., spr. Ätt hohm, d. h. zu Hause),[891] in England gewisse theatralische Vorstellungen, bes. von den Komiker Matthews (s.d.) gegeben, worin er allein auf dem Theater erschien u. sein Leben zu Hause darstellte …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • At home — (engl., spr. ätt hōm, »zu Hause«), in England Name theatralischer Vorstellungen satirischen Inhalts, die vom Schauspieler Foote (gest. 1777) zuerst als Privatvorstellungen aufgebracht, dann (1834) vom Komiker Mathews und seinem Schüler Yates auch …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • At home — (engl., spr. ätt hohm, »zu Hause«), zwangloser Empfangstag, abend (Jour fixe); früher dramat. Vorstellungen satir. Inhalts …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • At home — (engl., zu Hause), Name von theatralischen Vorstellungen, in welchen das häusliche Leben in seiner Wahrheit von einzelnen Personen dargestellt wird; eine neue Weise der theatralischen Improvisation, von Foote, Mathews und Yates erfunden oder… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • at-home — adjective Date: 1951 1. intended or suitable for one s home < an at home dress > 2. being or occurring at one s home < at home entertainment > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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