There are 2 main definitions of homestead in English:

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homestead 1

Pronunciation: /ˈhəʊmstɛd/


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.
1.1Australian /NZ The owner’s residence on a sheep or cattle station.
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.
2North American historical An area of land (usually 160 acres) granted to a settler in the West as a home.
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.



Pronunciation: /ˈhəʊmstɛdə/
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.


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

  • 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

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Homestead 2

Pronunciation: /ˈhōmsted/

Entry from US English dictionary

An agricultural and suburban city in southeastern Florida, southwest of Miami; population 57,936 (est. 2008).

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Syllabification: Home·stead

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