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

a dwelling with its land and buildings, occupied by the owner as a home and exempted by a 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.
/ˈhəʊmˌstɛd; -stɪd/
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
(Austral & NZ) the owner’s or manager’s residence on a sheep or cattle station; in New Zealand the term includes all outbuildings

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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