homestead

[ hohm-sted, -stid ]
/ ˈhoʊm stɛd, -stɪd /

noun

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.

verb (used with object)

to acquire or settle on (land) as a homestead: Pioneers homesteaded the valley.

verb (used without object)

to acquire or settle on a homestead: They homesteaded many years ago.

Nearby words

  1. homesite,
  2. homesource,
  3. homespun,
  4. homestall,
  5. homestay,
  6. homestead act,
  7. homestead law,
  8. homesteader,
  9. homesteading,
  10. homestretch

Origin of homestead

before 1000; Old English hāmstede (not found in ME). See home, stead

Homestead

[ hohm-sted, -stid ]
/ ˈhoʊm stɛd, -stɪd /

noun

a town in S Florida.
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British Dictionary definitions for homestead

homestead

/ (ˈhəʊmˌstɛd, -stɪd) /

noun

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

homestead

n.

Old English hamstede "home, town, village," from home (n.) + stead (q.v.). In U.S. usage, "a lot of land adequate for the maintenance of a family" (1690s), defined by the Homestead Act of 1862 as 160 acres. Hence, the verb, first recorded 1872. Homesteader also is from 1872.

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