• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Harvest-home A service of thanksgiving, at harvest time, in the Church of England and in the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States.
    • Harvest-home The gathering and bringing home of the harvest; the time of harvest. "Showed like a stubble land at harvest-home ."
    • Harvest-home The opportunity of gathering treasure.
    • Harvest-home The song sung by reapers at the feast made at the close of the harvest; the feast itself.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n harvest-home The time of gathering the harvest; the bringing home of the harvest; hence, any opportunity for making advantage or gain.
    • n harvest-home A festival held by the English peasantry in August in honor of the homing of the harvest. It was formerly observed by farm-laborers, servants, and the whole rural community, with universal merrymaking, feasting, songs and dances, and processions of oxen and horses with decorated carts and implements of husbandry. At present little remains of this custom but a supper.
    • n harvest-home The song sung at this festival.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Harvest-home the bringing home of the harvest: the feast held at the bringing home of the harvest
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hærfest; Ger. herbst, Dut. herfst.


In literature:

Everything had some reference to Hallowe'en or to Harvest Home, and the children were not too young to appreciate this.
"Marjorie's Busy Days" by Carolyn Wells
Late in the evening, on the night before Harvest Home, Sir Godfrey returned home, attended by his squire, Master Norman Hylton.
"The White Lady of Hazelwood" by Emily Sarah Holt
Come to the harvest homes of Western Virginia.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
It was not more than a month after my visit to the mountain home that the Spanish tax collector came for his semi-annual harvest.
"Anting-Anting Stories" by Sargent Kayme
At home a bad harvest was sending up corn to famine prices; and sedition again raised its head.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
The Mheillia is the harvest-home.
"The Little Manx Nation - 1891" by Hall Caine
Let me see, it's a kind of a harvest-home, ain't it?
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Every one felt that the day was indeed a Harvest Home.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Come here, and carry home the harvest!
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
But the harvest-homes were over, and Twelfth Day had not yet come round.
"Absolution" by Clara Viebig
She had run up to him as he was striding home in front of his loaded harvest wagon with his pitchfork over his shoulder.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
So instead of celebrating "harvest home" they rejoiced at "hog killing time.
"With Ethan Allen at Ticonderoga" by W. Bert Foster
The harvest was now gathered, and the event was to be celebrated by a "harvest home" in the Perrymans' big barn.
"Mad Shepherds" by L. P. Jacks
One mixed the planting of taro and the harvest-home.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 18 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
They are dances of thanks to the gods for the harvest home of corn; or for victory.
"Through Our Unknown Southwest" by Agnes C. Laut
They save their money, and take it home to their wives; it helps for harvest and other time of need.
"The Crooked Stick" by Rolf Boldrewood
It is the Saturday succeeding the festival of the Harvest Home, a little after sunset, and the priest is expected at Abergann.
"Gwen Wynn" by Mayne Reid
Moreover, I soon observed that Herr Pontius was by no means the meek lamb he seemed to be, and this I discovered at the harvest-home.
"'O Thou, My Austria!'" by Ossip Schubin
For he was going to Pognebin, he could be at home during harvest time, the Count had promised to pay Just.
"Tales by Polish Authors" by Various
It was a difficult time for him to leave home, just as harvest was beginning.
"The Daughter Pays" by Mrs. Baillie Reynolds

In poetry:

Why should earth hold it for a day
When harvest-time is come?
Death is triumphant o'er decay,
And leads the ripened home.
"Songs of the Autumn Days" by George MacDonald
Two angry men—in heat they sever,
And one goes home by a harvest field:—
"Hope's nought," quoth he, "and vain endeavor;
I said and say it, I will not yield!
"At One Again" by Jean Ingelow
Are we not better and at home
In dreamful Autumn, we who deem
No harvest joy is worth a dream?
A little while and night shall come,
A little while, then, let us dream.
"Autumnal" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
Nor leave behind thy fears and holy shames,
Thy sorrows on the horizon hanging low—
Gray gathered fuel for the sunset-flames
When joyous in death's harvest-home we go.
"The New Year" by George MacDonald
OH! what is so blithe as through cornfields to roam,
When the lark is in heaven and laughter on earth?
Oh! what is so blithe as the glad harvest-home,
When the lads are all frolic—the lasses all mirth?
"The Cornfield And The Factory" by Ernest Jones
I remember onc't in harvest, when the "cradle-in' " was done,
(When the harvest of my summers mounted up to twenty-one),
I was ridin' home with Mary at the closin' o' the day--
A-chawin' straws and thinkin', in a lover's lazy way!
"Farmer Whipple--Bachelor" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

But in Kaltag, home of a fledgling commercial chum harvest that uses fishwheels, the two salmon species swim on opposite sides of the river.
Send "Messiah holds 16th annual harvest home festival" to a friend.
" Harvest Home " is a co-production of WFHB and the City of Bloomington.
Guest speaker and guitarist Keith Penniman will lead the First Universalist Church of West Chesterfield in its annual "Harvest Home" celebration on Sunday, Sept 30, at 10 a.m.
The "Harvest Home" service has become an annual tradition at the church.
The 2012 Harvest Home Festival will be held in Leon this weekend iwth a wide assortment of fun activities.
"Harvest Home" is a co-production of WFHB and the City of Bloomington.
Harvest Home Stores, Valencia Interiors.
Messiah holds 16th annual harvest home festival.
Harvest Man Blames Madison County For Flooding Around His Home.
In addition to the raffle , the Saints and Second Harvest Food Bank will host a food drive at this weekend's home opener against the Washington Redskins.
Representatives from the King 5 Home Team Harvest, an effort to collect money and non-perishable food for food banks, comes to Aberdeen Saturday.
Ben Furtado/Auburn JournalVirgil Traynor, left, supervises his crop while Tom Roemer and Bart Ruud harvest radishes from the Salvation Army garden located at Virgil's home property.
Brookgreen Gardens welcomed more than 6,500 visitors this past Saturday and Sunday for its Harvest Home Weekend Fall Festival.
Governor opens up home for Harvest Fest.