from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The gathering and bringing home of the harvest; the time of harvest.
  • n. The song sung by reapers at the feast made at the close of the harvest; the feast itself.
  • n. A service of thanksgiving, at harvest time, in the Church of England and in the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States.
  • n. The opportunity of gathering treasure.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The time of gathering the harvest; the bringing home of the harvest; hence, any opportunity for making advantage or gain.
  • n. A festival held by the English peasantry in August in honor of the homing of the harvest.
  • n. The song sung at this festival.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the gathering of a ripened crop


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  • By lucky chance we fell in with the country-folk celebrating their harvest-home.

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  • As Jeanie entered she heard first the air, and then a part of the chorus and words, of what had been, perhaps, the song of a jolly harvest-home.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • O baleful Envy! thou self-tormenting fiend! how dost thou predominate in all assemblies, from the grand gala of a court, to the meeting of simple peasants at their harvest-home!

    The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

  • I danced with him last harvest-home; I know not why, unless for sheer good-nature; and now, forsooth, I am to have Boullin for ever thrust in my teeth.

    La Vend�e

  • And so the good harvest was gathered in, and then, when the last sheaf was set up, and the laden waggon went slowly away from the bare fields, the harvest-home was celebrated.

    Grace Darling Heroine of the Farne Islands

  • The tattered remnant of a single bunch was all my harvest-home.

    The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886

  • The festival of Saturnus himself occurred on December 17th, and was a barbarous and joyous harvest-home, a time of absolute relaxation and unrestrained merriment, when distinctions of rank were forgotten, and crowds thronged the streets crying, _Io Saturnalia!

    The Story of Rome from the Earliest Times to the End of the Republic

  • Later, the harvest-home and the dance in green or barn when I was at almost my man's height, with the pluck to put a bare lip to its apprenticeship on a woman's cheek; the songs at _ceilidh_ fires, the telling of _sgeulachdan_ and fairy tales up on the mountain sheiling ----

    John Splendid The Tale of a Poor Gentleman, and the Little Wars of Lorn

  • Of course he did; and so did I; for these faulty hearts of ours cannot turn perfect in a night, but need frost and fire, wind and rain, to ripen and make them ready for the great harvest-home.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 73, November, 1863

  • Old Berrichon airs were introduced with effect, as also such picturesque rustic festival customs as the ancient harvest-home ceremony, in which the last sheaf is brought on a wagon, gaily decked out with poppies, cornflowers and ribbons, and receives a libation of wine poured by the hand of the oldest or youngest person present.

    Famous Women: George Sand


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  • The harvesters in from the gloam,

    Kids bright from the scrub and the comb.

    The windows alight

    Bejewel the night

    As darkness enfolds harvest-home.

    Happy Thanksgiving, all.

    November 24, 2016