home·​stead | \ ˈhōm-ˌsted How to pronounce homestead (audio) , -stid \

Definition of homestead

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : the home and adjoining land occupied by a family
b : an ancestral home
c : house
2 : a tract of land acquired from U.S. public lands by filing a record and living on and cultivating the tract


home·​stead | \ ˈhōm-ˌsted How to pronounce homestead (audio) \
homesteaded; homesteading; homesteads

Definition of homestead (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to acquire or occupy as a homestead

intransitive verb

: to acquire or settle on land under a homestead law


geographical name
Home·​stead | \ ˈhōm-ˌsted How to pronounce Homestead (audio) \

Definition of Homestead (Entry 3 of 3)

city in southeastern Florida southwest of Miami population 60,512

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homesteader \ ˈhōm-​ˌste-​dər How to pronounce Homestead (audio) \ noun

Examples of homestead in a Sentence

Noun They decided to farm the old homestead. Verb They homesteaded the territory in the 1860s.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hawaiians have waited years and even decades to get a homestead and a chance to claim a piece of their native lands. Rob Perez, ProPublica, 26 May 2021 At the head of the White Pass Trail into Canada, Skagway essentially ballooned from a family homestead into a bustling town of roughly 10,000 transient residents. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 9 May 2021 Capitol Reef National Park has nearly 20 orchards totaling dozens of acres across the Fruita historic district, a 19th-century Latter-day Saint pioneer homestead in the center of the park, the Spectrum newspaper reported. The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Mar. 2021 However, his lifelong dream to build a regenerative homestead for his family has flourished into an international effort to rebirth the Navajo Nation. Danielle Bernabe, Fortune, 6 Mar. 2021 The Two Step Restaurant and Cantina, opened in 2011, was built using a former homestead and barn dating to the 1850s and built for German immigrants Philipp and Carolina Braun Ruempel. Scott Huddleston,, 4 Dec. 2020 Because a homestead also burned down there, a dispute over whether the remains were Native American dragged on for more than decade, so long that the tribe eventually dropped its claim. Alexei Koseff,, 28 Nov. 2020 Small Barn Powered by former Top Chef contestant Angelo Sosa, this new restaurant sits in the hot spot of Old Town Temecula in a historic former homestead. Matt Bean, Sunset Magazine, 19 Nov. 2020 Cecelia is a fugitive slave living with Samuel Fisk, a lone-wolf former soldier alongside Duncan, who has built a quiet homestead on the frontier. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 23 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb His trading post and homestead at the mouth of the river were the seed from which our great city grew. Eric Zorn,, 14 May 2021 So Rubinson led the charge to make the family homestead less dated and more comfortable with a full-on renovation. Laura Kostelny, Southern Living, 2 Apr. 2021 For properties that aren’t homesteaded — owner-occupied — the foreclosure process dramatically accelerates, from a three-year time frame to just one. Tad Vezner, Twin Cities, 2 Nov. 2019 Originally homesteaded as an apple orchard, the Slide Rock area of Oak Creek Canyon is one of Arizona's most popular tourist destinations. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, 30 Dec. 2019 Her paternal grandparents homesteaded in Chickaloon in the ’40s and ’50s. Anchorage Daily News, 18 Oct. 2019 But disabled people who are homesteaded receive an additional tax discount. Tad Vezner, Twin Cities, 2 Nov. 2019 Caring for the plants, much like homesteading, comes easy for Markey, who grew up on a farm. Author: Cheryl Upshaw, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Sep. 2019 My great-great-grandfather homesteaded the place in 1907. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, 16 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of homestead


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1867, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of homestead

: a house and the farmland it is on
US : a piece of government land that a person could acquire by living on it and farming it when the western part of the U.S. was being settled


home·​stead | \ ˈhōm-ˌsted How to pronounce homestead (audio) \

Kids Definition of homestead

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a home and the land around it
2 : a piece of land gained from United States public lands by living on and farming it


homesteaded; homesteading

Kids Definition of homestead (Entry 2 of 2)

: to acquire or settle on public land for use as a homestead

Other Words from homestead

homesteader \ ˈhōm-​ˌste-​dər \ noun


home·​stead | \ ˈhōm-ˌsted, -stid How to pronounce homestead (audio) \

Legal Definition of homestead

1a : the home and adjoining land with any buildings that is occupied usually by a family as its principal residence
b : an estate created by law in a homestead especially for the purpose of taking advantage of a homestead exemption
2 : a tract of land acquired from U.S. public lands by filing a record and living on and cultivating the tract


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