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
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 4. 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 <homes for the elderly> 6. the objective in various games; especially home plate II. adverb Date: before 12th century 1. to or at one's home <go home> <stayed home all day> 2. 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> 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; homing) 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
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.