homestead

noun
home·stead | \ˈhōm-ˌsted, -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

homestead

verb
home·stead | \ˈhōm-ˌsted \
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

Homestead

geographical name
Home·stead | \ˈhōm-ˌsted \

Definition of Homestead (Entry 3 of 3)

city in southeastern Florida southwest of Miami population 60,512

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Other Words from homestead

Verb

homesteader \ˈhōm-ˌste-dər \ 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

Not in the vein of entertainers who only wear colorful ribbons at functions and retreat to their luxurious homesteads. Malaika Jabali, Glamour, "Why Anthony Bourdain’s Life Is a Lesson for White Men of Privilege on How to Be an Ally," 8 June 2018 Houses were built on an acre of property complete with irrigation, and the builders offered buyers the option to purchase adjoining lots to expand their homestead. Mary Wakeford, azcentral, "McDonalds embrace Glendale 'farm living within the city limits'," 24 May 2018 Part Of The Light, LaMontagne's follow-up to 2016's Ouroboros, was recorded at his home studio, the Big Room at Apple Hill on his 19th century homestead in the foothills of Massachusetts' Berkshires. Gary Graff, Billboard, "Ray LaMontagne Grapples With Contemporary Anxieties on 'Goodbye Blue Sky': Premiere," 17 May 2018 Ami’s husband, Billy, who relocated his family from their homestead in rural Alaska to Southern California last year for Ami to receive treatment, previously told PEOPLE. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Alaskan Bush People Star Solomon 'Bear' Brown Is 'Doing Well' After Scratching Eye in the Woods," 17 May 2018 The couple took off from a private airstrip near Salcha just before 10:30 a.m. that Sunday, headed for their homestead west of McCarthy. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "NTSB: Locator beacon turned off on small plane that crashed, killing Salcha couple," 10 July 2018 In his Lexington studio, an idyllic farm homestead transformed into modern work space, Janney builds his prototypes and experiments with music and lighting. Cindy Atoji Keene, BostonGlobe.com, "Art ‘eats at me all day long’," 29 June 2018 Tickets are $10 at 860-933-3147 or stillpickinband@gmail.com and profits will help support the homestead of Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass. Courant Community, "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 10 July 2018 Though that system might work well in Wisconsin or Illinois, Powell argued, the arid West could not support traditional homesteads of that size. John F. Ross, WSJ, "The Prophet of the Dust Bowl," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Will keeps their homesteading all but invisible in Forest Park, a nature preserve in the mountains just west of Portland, Oregon. Colin Covert, Detroit Free Press, "‘Leave No Trace’ is a moving father-daughter story," 12 July 2018 Will keeps their homesteading all but invisible in a nature preserve just west of Portland. Colin Covert, kansascity, "‘Leave No Trace’ is a quietly moving story of family love," 12 July 2018 Settlers, alas, chose to name it after Confederate Army surgeon Marshall Clay Woodson, who in 1875 homesteaded near here. Brian E. Clark, latimes.com, "Two scenic San Diego hikes, mountaintop and seaside," 24 June 2018 With a change to homestead exemptions threatening future APS tax revenue, APS demanded closure of the Eastside TAD and other concessions to support the Gulch deal. J. Scott Trubey, ajc, "Texts show Bottoms and Atlanta schools negotiating Gulch incentives," 21 June 2018 His wife's family homesteaded in Willow in the 1950s. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "Don Young’s conservative primary challenger," 9 June 2018 Their son, Roy, homesteaded there with his own family. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Bundyville Chapter Four: The Gospel of Bundy," 18 May 2018 With rents ever higher in Chelsea’s old garages and the Lower East Side’s tenements, nearly a dozen homesteading dealers have moved to a few blocks of terra nullius hemmed in by SoHo, TriBeCa and the Civic Center. New York Times, "The 54 Galleries to See Right Now in New York," 26 Apr. 2018 The center of the community’ The 23-acre site, known as The Hill, was part of a 160-acre first homesteaded in 1891, Angus Hill and his descendants raised sheep there. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "A new YMCA is opening this spring in Meridian. Why doesn’t it have a pool? | Idaho Statesman," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of homestead

Noun

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

Verb

1867, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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homestead

noun

English Language Learners Definition of homestead

: a house and the farmland it is on

: 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

homestead

noun
home·stead | \ˈhōm-ˌsted \

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

homestead

verb
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

homestead

noun
home·stead | \ˈhōm-ˌsted, -stid \

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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