- a dwelling with its land and buildings, occupied by the owner as a home and exempted by a homestead law from seizure or sale for debt.
- any dwelling with its land and buildings where a family makes its home.
- a tract of land acquired under the Homestead Act.
- a house in an urban area acquired under a homesteading program.
- to acquire or settle on (land) as a homestead: Pioneers homesteaded the valley.
- to acquire or settle on a homestead: They homesteaded many years ago.
Origin of homestead
- a town in S Florida.
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Examples from the Web for homestead
In The Americans, the historian Daniel Boorstin traced the madness of the farmers to the Homestead Act of 1862.American Dreams: ‘O Pioneers!’ by Willa Cather
February 27, 2013
He also enacted the Homestead Act, which supplied aspiring settlers with a gift: 160 acres of federal land.Off the Rails: How the Party of Lincoln Became the Party of Plutocrats
November 22, 2012
Yet American governments of both parties have long viewed his current homestead as illegitimate.iVoteRepublican
October 11, 2012
The New York resident grew up just south of Miami, in Homestead, Florida.Jeff Zucker for Senate?
May 5, 2010
At this moment of doubt, Sim walked into the courtyard of the homestead.The Shadow of a Crime
The apartment had hardly the appearance of a room in a Cumbrian homestead.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
It was a farm, let there be no mistake, and not merely a homestead.The Hound From The North
A homestead not exceeding $1,000 in value may be reserved for the widow.
A homestead to the value of $1,000 is exempted to "the head of the family."
- a house or estate and the adjoining land, buildings, etc, esp a farm
- (in the US) a house and adjoining land designated by the owner as his fixed residence and exempt under the homestead laws from seizure and forced sale for debts
- (in western Canada) a piece of land, usually 160 acres, granted to a settler by the federal government
- Australian and NZ the owner's or manager's residence on a sheep or cattle station; in New Zealand the term includes all outbuildings
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Word Origin and History for homestead
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