from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A house, especially a farmhouse, with adjoining buildings and land.
  • n. Law Property designated by a householder as the householder's home and protected by law from forced sale to meet debts.
  • n. Land claimed by a settler or squatter, especially under the Homestead Act.
  • n. The place where one's home is.
  • intransitive v. To settle and farm land, especially under the Homestead Act.
  • transitive v. To claim and settle (land) as a homestead.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a house together with surrounding land and buildings, especially on a farm
  • n. the place that is one's home
  • n. A cluster of several houses occupied by an extended family
  • v. To acquire or settle on land as a homestead.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The home place; a home and the inclosure or ground immediately connected with it.
  • n. The home or seat of a family; place of origin.
  • n. The home and appurtenant land and buildings owned by the head of a family, and occupied by him and his family.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To acquire as one's established homestead or residence.
  • n. A family's dwelling-place, with the inclosure or ground immediately contiguous; an abode; a home.
  • n. In law, real property owned by the head of a family and occupied by the family as a home.
  • n. Native seat; station or place of residence.
  • n. Same as Homestead Act.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. land acquired from the United States public lands by filing a record and living on and cultivating it under the homestead law
  • v. settle land given by the government and occupy it as a homestead
  • n. the home and adjacent grounds occupied by a family
  • n. dwelling that is usually a farmhouse and adjoining land


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  • I call it homestead because we used every available box and piece of cardboard from everything that came into the house, to make things with, when we were growing up on the homestead.

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  • These are what I called "homestead crafts" because they were similar to things we did in homestead days.

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  • Throughout Bantu history, there is every reason to suppose that food preparation was the undertaking of women within homestead environs.

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  • The old homestead is out in the true, deep, godforsaken boonies, because it takes all day to get there by truck; and most of the driving day is spent rumbling along on unpaved roads.

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  • The homestead is sitting there tranquilly on its hilltop, embowered by an orchard -- fig, apple, pear, orange, lemon, and peach trees, and grape vines, all heavy laden with fruit.

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  • This unpretentious log house had been the first home of Mr. and Mrs. Steadman, and was part of the "improvements" specified by the Government to show that a homestead is entered in good faith.

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  • Thirty years ago, or in 1877, 845 homestead - entries were made, aggregating 135,200 acres (a homestead is 160 acres), but 54 per cent. of the entries were subsequently cancelled, the duties required under the Homestead Act not having been complied with, and the land reverted to the Government.

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  • The programs are often called homestead exemptions.

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  • An eco-enthusiast in Pasadena, Calif., recently trademarked the phrase "urban homestead" and is now warning the authors and publishers cranking out urban-homesteading how-to books not to tread on the turf he has tried to fence in.

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  • And if Gogo were planning to depart homelands on which ancestors were buried, custom required them to erect burial markers so that they could locate the site when they returned to hold religio-ritual offerings in their honor. 121 Leaving a homestead was the first step toward land becoming unoccupied bush, * mbago, but still familiar. 122

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