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homestead1

Syllabification: home·stead
Pronunciation: /ˈhōmˌsted
 
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noun

1A house, especially a farmhouse, and outbuildings.
Example sentences
  • All spent idyllic summers visiting their widowed grandmother, Emma Darwin, at Down House, the old homestead in the Kent countryside.
  • A typical homestead includes a main house with several related structures for various functions.
  • There was an entire homestead, with home, barns and other outbuildings, complete with a windmill, falling to the ground, evidently worth nothing.
2 Law A person’s or family’s residence, which comprises the land, house, and outbuildings, and in most states is exempt from forced sale for collection of debt.
Example sentences
  • Station homesteads were thus widely scattered and invariably placed alongside the most abundant and reliable water sources.
  • One of these was built at Edeowie, some distance from the station homestead.
  • Mr Holt has bad memories of the drought years of the sixties when hundreds of kangaroos were dropping dead around the homestead and the station bores.
3North American historical (As provided by the federal Homestead Act of 1862) an area of public land in the West (usually 160 acres) granted to any US citizen willing to settle on and farm the land for at least five years.
Example sentences
  • Under the 1868 treaty Indians were permitted to claim 160-acre homesteads on public lands.
  • Thousands of these historic remnants litter national forests and wilderness areas, relics of homesteads or mining claims that predate the protected entity.
  • In Kansas they built all-black towns, developed homesteads, and acquired land.
4(In southern Africa) a hut or cluster of huts occupied by one family or clan, standing alone or as part of a traditional African village.
Example sentences
  • And, likewise, tourists flying into Ondangwa and Oshakati are fascinated by the intricate patterned landscape of the traditional Owambo homesteads, for example.
  • On any of these roads I have mentioned, you only need to be about 5 km away from the main road, or from the river, then you are in the bush with only the odd homestead or village here and there.
  • He believes that the existence of the graveyards follows a cultural trend whereby burial sites are situated close to homesteads and villages, especially in rural areas.

Origin

Old English hāmstede 'a settlement' (see home, stead).

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  • stead from (Old English):

    Old English stede meant ‘place’. From a Germanic source, it is related to Dutch stad ‘town’, German Statt ‘place’, from an Indo-European root shared by the verb stand. Instead (Middle English) is simply ‘in stead, in place of’ run together. The adjective steadfast [Old English] is literally ‘standing firm’; a homestead (Old English) is your ‘home place’; while if you are steady (Middle English) you are not easily moved from your place. See also place

Derivatives

homesteader

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noun
Example sentences
  • Sheep and cattle, introduced by homesteaders, munched the grasses that fueled periodic fires.
  • Confining our conversation to firearms, the most common working gun of the farmer or homesteader in the late 19th century was the double-barreled shotgun.
  • The new young homesteaders had a real interest in revitalizing agriculture.

Words that rhyme with homestead

farmsteadbedstead • Hemel Hempstead • roadstead

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Syllabification: Home·stead
Pronunciation: /ˈhōmsted
 
/
An agricultural and suburban city in southeastern Florida, southwest of Miami; population 57,936 (est. 2008).

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