Home is where you live: your house, apartment, or condo. It's also the place we feel most comfortable, loved, and protected — where we most feel at home.

Home is many things to many people. It's the place you live, and the places you love: people might feel at home in a bookstore, a park, or certain cities. Old people live in nursing homes, and baseball players try to reach home plate. Animal shelters find homes for pets. Most people feel safe and happy at home, even if it's not perfect. It’s easy to find somewhere to live, but it’s tough to make a real home.

Primary Meanings of home

where you live at a particular time
relating to or being where one lives or where one's roots are
at or to or in the direction of one's home or family
provide with, or send to, a home
place where something began and flourished
an institution where people are cared for
(baseball) base consisting of a rubber slab where the batter stands; it must be touched by a base runner in order to score
on or to the point aimed at
Full Definitions of home

n where you live at a particular time

“deliver the package to my home
“he doesn't have a home to go to”
home away from home, home from home
a place where you are just as comfortable and content as if you were home
Type of:
abode, residence
any address at which you dwell more than temporarily

n the country or state or city where you live

“Canadian tariffs enabled United States lumber companies to raise prices at home
“his home is New Jersey”
Type of:
a point or extent in space

n the place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end

Type of:
a point or extent in space

n an environment offering affection and security

home is where the heart is”
“he grew up in a good Christian home
“there's no place like home
Type of:
the totality of surrounding conditions

n a social unit living together

“the teacher asked how many people made up his home
family, house, household, menage
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broken home
a family in which the parents have separated or divorced
conjugal family, nuclear family
a family consisting of parents and their children and grandparents of a marital partner
extended family
a family consisting of the nuclear family and their blood relatives
foster family
the family of a fosterling
foster home
a household in which an orphaned or delinquent child is placed (usually by a social-service agency)
menage a trois
household for three; an arrangement where a married couple and a lover of one of them live together while sharing sexual relations
Type of:
social unit, unit
an organization regarded as part of a larger social group

n housing that someone is living in

“they raise money to provide homes for the homeless”
abode, domicile, dwelling, dwelling house, habitation
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a fortified Moorish palace built near Granada by Muslim kings in the Middle Ages
Lateran Palace
a palace that served as the residence of the popes until the 14th century
Tuileries Palace
palace and royal residence built for Catherine de Medicis in 1564 and burned down in 1871; all that remains today are the formal gardens
Vatican Palace
the residence of the Catholic Pope in the Vatican City
Palace of Versailles
a palace built in the 17th century for Louis XIV southwest of Paris near the city of Versailles
White House
the government building that serves as the residence and office of the President of the United States
Buckingham Palace
the London residence of the British sovereign
Mount Vernon
the former residence of George Washington in northeastern Virginia overlooking the Potomac river
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cliff dwelling
a rock and adobe dwelling built on sheltered ledges in the sides of a cliff
condo, condominium
one of the dwelling units in a condominium
a house or other dwelling in need of repair (usually offered for sale at a low price)
fireside, hearth
home symbolized as a part of the fireplace
the abode of a hermit
dwelling that is usually a farmhouse and adjoining land
a dwelling that serves as living quarters for one or more families
lake dwelling, pile dwelling
dwelling built on piles in or near a lake; specifically in prehistoric villages
indian lodge, lodge
any of various Native American dwellings
(law) a dwelling house and its adjacent buildings and the adjacent land used by the household
semi-detached house
a dwelling that is attached to something on only one side
vacation home
a dwelling (a second home) where you live while you are on vacation
a circular domed dwelling that is portable and self-supporting; originally used by nomadic Mongol and Turkic people of central Asia but now used as inexpensive alternative or temporary housing
beach house
a house built on or near a beach
boarding house, boardinghouse
a private house that provides accommodations and meals for paying guests
bungalow, cottage
a small house with a single story
a small house built of wood; usually in a wooded area
a Swiss house with a sloping roof and wide eaves or a house built in this style
chapterhouse, frat house, fraternity house
a house used as a residence by a chapter of a fraternity
country house
a house (usually large and impressive) on an estate in the country
detached house, single dwelling
a house that stands alone
doll's house, dollhouse
a house so small that it is likened to a child's plaything
duplex, duplex house, semidetached house
a house with two units sharing a common wall
house for a farmer and family
a house built at a gateway; usually the gatekeeper's residence
a house separate from the main house; for housing guests
the main house on a ranch or large estate
a Navajo lodge covered with earth; traditionally built with the entrance facing east
hunting lodge, lodge
a small (rustic) house used as a temporary shelter
lodging house, rooming house
a house where rooms are rented
maisonette, maisonnette
a small house
hall, manse, mansion, mansion house, residence
a large and imposing house
ranch house
a one story house with a low pitched roof
the official house or establishment of an important person (as a sovereign or president)
row house, town house
a house that is one of a row of identical houses situated side by side and sharing common walls
safe house
a house used as a hiding place or refuge by members of certain organizations
a type of house built in New England; has two stories in front and one behind
adobe house, sod house, soddy
a house built of sod or adobe laid in horizontal courses
solar house
a house designed to use solar radiation for heating; usually has large areas of glass in front of heat-absorbing materials
teepee, tepee, tipi
a Native American tent; usually of conical shape
tract house
one of many houses of similar design constructed together on a tract of land
detached or semidetached suburban house
wickiup, wikiup
a lodge consisting of a frame covered with matting or brush; used by nomadic American Indians in the southwestern United States
a Native American lodge frequently having an oval shape and covered with bark or hides
Type of:
housing, living accommodations, lodging
structures collectively in which people are housed

adj relating to or being where one lives or where one's roots are

“my home town”

adj inside the country

“the British Home Office has broader responsibilities than the United States Department of the Interior”
interior, internal, national
of concern to or concerning the internal affairs of a nation

adj used of your own ground

“a home game”
used of an opponent's ground

adv at or to or in the direction of one's home or family

“He stays home on weekends”
“after the game the children brought friends home for supper”
“I'll be home tomorrow”
“came riding home in style”
“I hope you will come home for Christmas”
“I'll take her home
“don't forget to write home

v provide with, or send to, a home

Type of:
domiciliate, house, put up
provide housing for

v return home accurately from a long distance

“homing pigeons”
Type of:
go or come back to place, condition, or activity where one has been before

n place where something began and flourished

“the United States is the home of basketball”
Type of:
beginning, origin, root, rootage, source
the place where something begins, where it springs into being

n an institution where people are cared for

“a home for the elderly”
nursing home, rest home
Type of:
an establishment consisting of a building or complex of buildings where an organization for the promotion of some cause is situated

n (baseball) base consisting of a rubber slab where the batter stands; it must be touched by a base runner in order to score

“he ruled that the runner failed to touch home
home base, home plate, plate
Type of:
bag, base
a place that the runner must touch before scoring

adv on or to the point aimed at

“the arrow struck home

adv to the fullest extent; to the heart

“drove the nail home
“drove his point home
“his comments hit home

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