[ sted-ing ]
/ ˈstɛd ɪŋ /

noun Scot. and North England.

a farm, especially its buildings.

Origin of steading

1425–75; late Middle English (north and Scots); see stead, -ing1

Definition for steading (2 of 2)

[ sted ]
/ stɛd /


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.

verb (used with object)

to be of service, advantage, or avail to.

Origin of stead

before 900; (noun) Middle English, Old English stede; cognate with German Stätte place; akin to German Stadt, Old Norse stathr, Gothic staths, Greek stásis (see stasis); (v.) Middle English steden, derivative of the noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for steading (1 of 3)

/ (ˈstɛdɪŋ) /

noun British

a farmstead
the outbuildings of a farm

Word Origin for steading

C15: from stead + -ing 1

British Dictionary definitions for steading (2 of 3)

/ (stɛd) /


(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

Old English stede; related to Old Norse stathr place, Old High German stat place, Latin statiō a standing, statim immediately

British Dictionary definitions for steading (3 of 3)

/ (stɛd) /


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)
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Idioms and Phrases with steading


see in someone's shoes (stead); stand in good stead. Also see under instead.

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