- a farm, especially its buildings.
Origin of steading
- the place of a person or thing as occupied by a successor or substitute: The nephew of the queen came in her stead.
- Obsolete. a place or locality.
- to be of service, advantage, or avail to.
- stand in good stead, to be useful to, especially in a critical situation: Your experience will stand you in good stead.
Origin of stead
Examples from the Web for steading
Contemporary Examples of steading
To live in a steading somewhere, equipped with a reliable well, vegetable patch, fireplace, maybe a wood-fired Aga.A World Without Electricity
January 24, 2013
Historical Examples of steading
The country was of old so cursed by war, that a steading in the fields was a lost affair.The Book-Hunter
John Hill Burton
After this Cormac went about the steading to look for Steingerd.
He will rue it that ever he begot a son who will lose him his acres and his steading.Sir Nigel
Arthur Conan Doyle
On t' other side frae our steading were a cove that fowks called Janet's Cove.More Tales of the Ridings
Her face is wrinkled, and her dim eyes are peering down the track which leads from the steading to the pasture.The Right Stuff
- a farmstead
- the outbuildings of a farm
Word Origin for steading
- (preceded by in) rare the place, function, or position that should be taken by anotherto come in someone's stead
- stand someone in good stead to be useful or of good service to (someone)
- (tr) archaic to help or benefit
Word Origin for stead
- Christina (Ellen). 1902–83, Australian novelist. Her works include Seven Poor Men of Sydney (1934), The Man who Loved Children (1940), and Cotters' England (1966)
Old English stede "place, position, standing, delay," related to standan "to stand," from Proto-Germanic *stadiz (cf. Old Saxon stedi, Old Norse staðr, Swedish stad, Dutch stede "place," Old High German stat, German Stadt "town," Gothic staþs "place"), from PIE *stetis-, from root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Now chiefly in compounds or phrases. "The sense 'town, city' for G. Stadt is a late development from c.1200 when the term began to replace Burg" [Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names].
see in someone's shoes (stead); stand in good stead. Also see under instead.