homestead

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

Definition of homestead

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 How to pronounce homestead (audio) \
homesteaded; homesteading; homesteads

Definition of homestead (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to acquire or occupy as a homestead

intransitive verb

: to acquire or settle on land under a homestead law

Other Words from homestead

Verb

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 What began as a homestead garden eventually grew into a fully operational farm. Natalie Mcgill, Washington Post, 12 July 2022 So all of his assets are protected by the homestead laws in Florida. Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 July 2022 An old homestead is the site of an annual pig slaughter. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 25 June 2022 The McPolin barn offers restroom facilities, a historic homestead and a great lawn for a picnic. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 May 2022 Objectives: Split the value of a homestead, avoid taxes and avoid family squabbles. William Baldwin, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2022 Margaret Sloan Reno grew up the third of four children in a rural Miami-Dade County homestead on the edge of the Everglades, with backyard peacocks, raccoons and donkeys. Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, 5 Mar. 2022 For those residents who qualify for the homestead reduction, the current and proposed monthly garbage fee is $1 less. John Benson, cleveland, 20 June 2022 After losing out on several properties due to all-cash offers, many of which were $100,000 over the asking price, the couple purchased a two-bedroom homestead cabin on five acres for $475,000 in February 2021. Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Tour the first floor of Stonewalls, the 1720 Hayes homestead where the family resided. courant.com, 17 Sep. 2021 Tour the first floor of Stonewalls, the 1720 Hayes homestead where the family resided. courant.com, 17 Sep. 2021 Tour the first floor of Stonewalls, the 1720 Hayes homestead where the family resided. courant.com, 17 Sep. 2021 Tour the first floor of Stonewalls, the 1720 Hayes homestead where the family resided. courant.com, 17 Sep. 2021 Tour the first floor of Stonewalls, the 1720 Hayes homestead where the family resided. courant.com, 17 Sep. 2021 Tour the first floor of Stonewalls, the 1720 Hayes homestead where the family resided. courant.com, 17 Sep. 2021 Tour the first floor of Stonewalls, the 1720 Hayes homestead where the family resided. courant.com, 17 Sep. 2021 Tour the first floor of Stonewalls, the 1720 Hayes homestead where the family resided. courant.com, 17 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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25 Jul 2022

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“Homestead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homestead. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for homestead

homestead

noun
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

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 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

Homestead geographical name

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

Definition of Homestead

city in southeastern Florida southwest of Miami population 60,512

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