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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
References in classic literature ?
Other bachelor homesteaders used canned milk, to save trouble.
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.
This is because the homesteader has enjoyed a 3% cap on annual increases in their assessments.
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.
All Homesteader Trusses come with the seal of a Registered Professional Engineer.
She leaves difficult work as a laundress in Denver to a new path as a homesteader in Wyoming.
While scholarly work did change hands, many of the festival attendees attempted to produce what I might call "Our Micheaux," a celebration of the Turnerian homesteader who gallantly strode across the prairies, turning the land, and helping to bring civilization to the South Dakota frontier.
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I would suggest that why you re a homesteader is more important than what you're doing or how you're doing it.