farm·​stead ˈfärm-ˌsted How to pronounce farmstead (audio)
: the buildings and adjacent service areas of a farm
broadly : a farm with its buildings

Examples of farmstead in a Sentence

many of the area's proud, old farmsteads have been bulldozed by developers to make way for condominiums
Recent Examples on the Web The 54 Palestinian residents of the hamlet pulled down most of their huts and left with their animals en masse after a group of Israeli herders set up a rival farmstead a few dozen yards away in June. Gabby Sobelman, New York Times, 3 Oct. 2023 On a recent Tuesday evening, Jerry Starner, 61, pointed at the green rows of corn stalks to the north of his farmstead, dappled with pink rays from the setting sun. Jeff Stein, Anchorage Daily News, 24 July 2023 The tornado then moved through portions of rural southwestern Clinton County causing damage to several farmsteads. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Apr. 2023 Farther inland, past smoldering swaths of forest, locals in villages and farmsteads battled flames with sticks and buckets of water as firefighters deployed helicopters and aircraft droned overhead. Niki Kitsantonis, New York Times, 23 Aug. 2023 Cook’s great-grandfather bought 130 acres from Shipley, settling on a farmstead that was home to cattle, sheep and hogs, and the grain, wheat and alfalfa that fed them. Cara Nixon, oregonlive, 17 July 2023 His ancestors are buried at the nearby Pioneer Cemetery, but Cook jokes he’d rather be buried at the foot of the flagpole on the farmstead. Cara Nixon, oregonlive, 17 July 2023 Then stroll through the Douglass Community, a historically African American enclave originally settled as a farmstead in 1847 by abolitionist and statesman Frederick Douglass. Ava Graham, Dallas News, 21 May 2023 Fassbender and Vikander exchanged vows at the luxurious La Granja farmstead resort surrounded by friends and family, according to sources. People Staff, Peoplemag, 11 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1743, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of farmstead was in 1743

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“Farmstead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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farm·​stead -ˌsted How to pronounce farmstead (audio)
: the buildings and nearby service areas of a farm

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