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 His great-grandmother bought a portion of the homestead nearly a century ago. Boyce Upholt, The New Republic, 19 Sep. 2022 Typically, married couples are only afforded one homestead exemption, and second homes, business properties and rentals are usually not eligible. Fox News, 19 Aug. 2022 Free festivities will include the history of the Sikes homestead and early agriculture in North County, recognition of the descendants of the Sikes family, and tours of the adobe home and gardens. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 June 2022 Celebrate the running of the roses on the front lawn of this historic homestead. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 28 Apr. 2022 His family’s homestead is a local institution, the town’s last working farm. Deanna Pan, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Sep. 2022 Hidalgo County lists both misdemeanor and felony charges for making a false statement on a homestead exemption application. Fox News, 19 Aug. 2022 This once spooky house on the hill doesn’t have a fraction of the recognition as the family’s other homestead. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 28 July 2022 With wife Lisa and a menagerie of beloved animals, the actor treasured retreating from the spotlight on his 20,000-acre New Mexico ranch and his five-acre homestead in Los Angeles's San Gabriel Mountains (pictured in December 2008). Serena Kappes, Peoplemag, 18 Aug. 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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23 Sep 2022

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“Homestead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homestead. Accessed 30 Sep. 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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