verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- homestead act,
- homestead law,
Origin of homestead
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.
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|Joel Kotkin|November 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Yet American governments of both parties have long viewed his current homestead as illegitimate.
The New York resident grew up just south of Miami, in Homestead, Florida.
The family at the Farnham homestead seemed to concentrate their interest upon the kind of appearance Susie Hudson was to make.Winter Fun|William O. Stoddard
The visitor is conscious of two dominant impressions, as he stands thus in the midst of this seventeenth century homestead.Virginia: The Old Dominion|Frank W. Hutchins and Cortelle Hutchins
If ever my eyes of their own will look again upon thy beauty, may I go blind and beg my meat from homestead to homestead!Eric Brighteyes|H. Rider Haggard
They went on till they came to a place in front of the homestead of Sælingsdale Tongue.Laxdla Saga|Anonymous
As for the Homestead, it wore, under the inert indifference of her rule, the same neglected look which had prevailed for years.The Ordeal of Elizabeth|Elizabeth Von Arnim
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.