Definition of take-home in English:



  • 1US Designating the remainder of a person's earnings after the deduction of tax, insurance, etc. Chiefly in "take-home pay".

  • 2US Designed or intended to be taken away for use or consumption at home; relating to such use or consumption.

  • 3US, North American Designating an examination or test which is intended to be completed without supervision outside of class time.

  • 4US Designating a key fact, point, or idea to be remembered, typically one emerging from a discussion or meeting.


  • 1US Take-home pay.

  • 2US Something designed or intended to be taken away for use, consumption, or enjoyment at home.

  • 3US, North American A take-home examination or test.


1940s; earliest use found in The New York Times. From take + home.