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 Property owners who are disabled may apply for the PVA's disability exemption, set in 2021-22 at $40,500, while residential property owners who are 65 and over can apply for a $40,500 homestead exemption. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Your Louisville property value assessment may have increased. Here's how to check," 23 Apr. 2021 Even though the Peter’s Neck property is poised to remain above rising waters, the area where Ross’ homestead is close by a river, and could become marsh globe warms. Christine Condon,, "Archaeologists discover site of Harriet Tubman’s father’s home in Maryland," 20 Apr. 2021 The Heritage Garden features a homestead and agricultural structures from 1886. Wendy Altschuler, Forbes, "The Flavor And Flair Of Fayetteville, A City On The Rise," 16 Apr. 2021 The owner of a $100,000 house who utilizes Alabama’s homestead exemption pays 10 cents a year for park’s upkeep. NBC News, "Alabama senators want Confederate tax to fund Black history," 12 Apr. 2021 The wind whipped, the power went out while a tornado warning was in effect near the Shea homestead. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Riding out a tornado, some frustrating phone calls and the NFL draft – Terry Pluto," 10 Apr. 2021 Months later, when Rob and I started inviting our friends and family over for meals, my sister had great idea: to open up the homestead to others and turn it into a business. Ally Dwyer As Told To Adele Jackson-gibson, Good Housekeeping, "I Didn’t Realize How Much My 9-to-5 Job Was Affecting My Health Until I Quit," 8 Apr. 2021 Zhao loved the idea of seeing McDormand flip the gender script of traditional westerns where the man is the one walking away into the wilderness, leaving the women behind to tend the homestead. Los Angeles Times, "‘Nomadland’s’ Chloé Zhao embraces community at every turn," 6 Apr. 2021 His older brother — whom Burt credits, along with their father, for teaching him the value of hard work and applying ingenuity to solve problems — went into the family cattle trade not far from the old homestead. al, "Marshall Space Flight Center’s new deputy director: At NASA, ‘we make history’," 15 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb So Rubinson led the charge to make the family homestead less dated and more comfortable with a full-on renovation. Laura Kostelny, Southern Living, "Inside a Fort Worth Home Filled With Family Heirlooms and Modern Charm," 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, "St. Paul man’s catch-22 case reveals impact of ‘accelerated foreclosure’ in Frogtown and other low-income neighborhoods," 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, "New Year's hikes around Arizona: Here are 5 fun ways to welcome 2020," 30 Dec. 2019 Her paternal grandparents homesteaded in Chickaloon in the ’40s and ’50s. Anchorage Daily News, "For this Alaska clan, pipeline safety is the family business," 18 Oct. 2019 But disabled people who are homesteaded receive an additional tax discount. Tad Vezner, Twin Cities, "St. Paul man’s catch-22 case reveals impact of ‘accelerated foreclosure’ in Frogtown and other low-income neighborhoods," 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, "‘Easy Money,’ hard work for Fairbanks volunteer," 30 Sep. 2019 My great-great-grandfather homesteaded the place in 1907. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Agriculture symposium takes look at what’s on the horizon for Colorado farmers, ranchers," 16 Oct. 2019 Then again, Blane Barksdale probably blended easily with the homesteading folk he was believed to be hiding among, Adams said. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "Fugitive couple Blane, Susan Barksdale nabbed in Arizona manhunt," 11 Sep. 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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“Homestead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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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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