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1. A house, especially a farmhouse, with adjoining buildings and land.
2. Law Property qualifying as a person's home under certain laws, such as laws providing tax abatements and exemptions, survivorship rights for spouse and children, and immunity from claims of creditors.
3. Land claimed by a settler or squatter, especially under the Homestead Act.
4. The place where one's home is.
v. home·stead·ed, home·stead·ing, home·steads
To settle and farm land, especially under the Homestead Act.
To claim and settle (land) as a homestead.

home′stead′er n.


1. (Law) a person owning a homestead
2. (Law) US and Canadian a person who acquires or possesses land under a homestead law
3. (Social Welfare) a person taking part in a homesteading scheme
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Noun1.homesteader - someone who settles lawfully on government land with the intent to acquire title to it
colonist, settler - a person who settles in a new colony or moves into new country
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Other bachelor homesteaders used canned milk, to save trouble.
Sure, not every homesteader enjoys a rare red-meat steak as much as I do, but to those who like their food to go from pulse to plate, guns are as important as the shovel that helped grow the sides.
When the government first sold that land to a homesteader, that homesteader didn't steal that land and wasn't a bad person for buying it, but that homesteader sure benefited from racism and so have I.
Whether your goal is increasing your self-reliance or becoming a full-fledged homesteader, this book is packed with answers and solutions.
Above: Reilly Gault, 4, practices pumping water Saturday near the replica of William and Eliza Masterson's homesteader cabin in Springfield's Dorris Ranch park.
Novak Djokovic would be the son of the homesteader who gets the first arrow in the chest when checking on suspicious noises in the poultry yard.
Jean Baptiste, the protagonist of Oscar Micheaux's novel The Homesteader (1917), first appears in the narrative struggling against a howling blizzard on the plains of frontier South Dakota.
Unit 5--Prairie Life" helps students understand that free land had a cost for homesteaders and assists students in discovering how pioneers live on the prairie as a homesteader.
All Homesteader Trusses come with the seal of a Registered Professional Engineer.
I'm a writer, oil guide, homesteader, and self-proclaimed wildflower.
Bears are among the worthiest contenders with which a homesteader will ever share the land.
Rachel Kaplan is an urban homesteader, artist, psychotherapist, and mother who has spent the last ten years refining her skills as a food and herb grower.