(An). A notification sent to friends that the lady who
sends it will be at home on the day and at the hour specified, and will
be glad to see the persons mentioned in the card of invitation. These
“At homes” are generally held in an afternoon before dinner. Light
refreshments are provided, and generally some popular games are
introduced, occasionally music and dancing.
Not at Home.
Not disengaged, or prepared for the reception of visitors; not in
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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