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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.


(ˈhəʊmˌstɛd; -stɪd)
1. (Agriculture) a house or estate and the adjoining land, buildings, etc, esp a farm
2. (Law) (in the US) a house and adjoining land designated by the owner as his fixed residence and exempt under the homestead laws from seizure and forced sale for debts
3. (Law) (in western Canada) a piece of land, usually 160 acres, granted to a settler by the federal government
4. (Agriculture) Austral and NZ the owner's or manager's residence on a sheep or cattle station; in New Zealand the term includes all outbuildings


(ˈhoʊm stɛd, -stɪd)

n., v. -stead•ed, -stead•ing. n.
1. a dwelling with its land and buildings occupied by the owner as a home and exempted by a homestead law from seizure or sale for debt.
2. any dwelling with its land and buildings where a family makes its home.
3. a tract of land acquired under the Homestead Act.
4. to acquire or settle on (land) as a homestead.
5. to acquire or settle on a homestead.
[before 1000]
home′stead`er, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.homestead - the home and adjacent grounds occupied by a familyhomestead - the home and adjacent grounds occupied by a family
land - the land on which real estate is located; "he built the house on land leased from the city"
2.homestead - land acquired from the United States public lands by filing a record and living on and cultivating it under the homestead law
acres, demesne, landed estate, estate, land - extensive landed property (especially in the country) retained by the owner for his own use; "the family owned a large estate on Long Island"
3.homestead - dwelling that is usually a farmhouse and adjoining land
dwelling, dwelling house, habitation, home, abode, domicile - housing that someone is living in; "he built a modest dwelling near the pond"; "they raise money to provide homes for the homeless"
Verb1.homestead - settle land given by the government and occupy it as a homestead
settle - form a community; "The Swedes settled in Minnesota"
البَيْت العائِلي
bústaîur, bÿli; bóndabær


[ˈhəʊmsted] N (esp US) → casa f, caserío m; (= farm) → granja f


[ˈhəʊmstɛd] n (= house) → propriété f (= farm) → ferme fhome straight home stretch n
[race] → dernière ligne f droite
to be in the home straight → être dans la dernière ligne droite
(fig)dernière ligne f droite
to be in the home straight → être dans la dernière ligne droitehome team n (SPORT)équipe f qui reçoithome town n
my home town (place of birth)ma ville natale; (where I grew up)la ville où j'ai grandi; (where I now live)la ville où je résidehome truth n
to tell sb some home truths → dire ses quatre vérités à qn
I'll tell him a few home truths → Je vais lui dire ses quatre vérités.home video nvidéo f amateurhome visit n (by doctor)visite f à domicile


[ˈhəʊmˌstɛd] ncasa colonica


(həum) noun
1. the house, town, country etc where a person etc usually lives. I work in London but my home is in Bournemouth; When I retire, I'll make my home in Bournemouth; Africa is the home of the lion; We'll have to find a home for the kitten.
2. the place from which a person, thing etc comes originally. America is the home of jazz.
3. a place where children without parents, old people, people who are ill etc live and are looked after. an old folk's home; a nursing home.
4. a place where people stay while they are working. a nurses' home.
5. a house. Crumpy Construction build fine homes for fine people; He invited me round to his home.
1. of a person's home or family. home comforts.
2. of the country etc where a person lives. home produce.
3. (in football) playing or played on a team's own ground. the home team; a home game.
1. to a person's home. I'm going home now; Hallo – I'm home!
2. completely; to the place, position etc a thing is intended to be. He drove the nail home; Few of his punches went home; These photographs of the war brought home to me the suffering of the soldiers.
ˈhomeless noun plural, adjective
(people) without a place to live in. This charity was set up to help the homeless; homeless people.
ˈhomely adjective
1. simple but pleasant. homely food.
2. making a person feel he is at home. a homely atmosphere.
3. (American) (of a person) not attractive; ugly.
ˈhomeliness noun
ˈhoming adjective
1. (of pigeons etc) which (can) fly home when set free a long way from home.
2. able to take a missile etc to its target. These torpedoes have homing devices in their noses.
ˈhome-coming noun
1. the return home of a person (who has been away for some time). We had a party to celebrate his home-coming.
2. (American) an annual event held by a college, a university or high school for former students.
ˌhome-ˈgrown adjective
grown in one's own garden or in one's own country. These tomatoes are home-grown.
ˈhomeland noun
a person's native land. Immigrants often weep for their homeland.
ˌhome-ˈmade adjective
made by a person at home; not professionally made. home-made jam; home-made furniture.
home rule
the government of a country or part of a country by its own citizens.
ˈhomesick adjective
missing one's home. When the boy first went to boarding-school he was very homesick.
ˈhomesickness noun
ˈhomestead (-sted) noun
a house, especially a farm, with the land and other buildings (eg barns) which belong to it, especially in the United States, Australia etc.
home truth
a plain statement of something which is unpleasant but true (about a person, his behaviour etc) said directly to the person. It's time someone told him a few home truths.
ˈhomeward adjective
going home. his homeward journey.
ˈhomeward(s) adverb
towards home. his journey homeward; He journeyed homewards.
ˈhomework noun
work or study done at home, especially by a school pupil. Finish your homework!
at home
1. in one's home. I'm afraid he's not at home.
2. (in football etc) in one's own ground. The team is playing at home today.
be/feel at home
to feel as relaxed as one does in one's own home or in a place or situation one knows well. I always feel at home in France; He's quite at home with cows – he used to live on a farm.
home in on
to move towards (a target etc). The missile is designed to home in on aircraft.
leave home
1. to leave one's house. I usually leave home at 7.30 a.m.
2. to leave one's home to go and live somewhere else. He left home at the age of fifteen to get a job in Australia.
make oneself at home
to make oneself as comfortable and relaxed as one would at home. Make yourself at home!
nothing to write home about
not very good. The concert was nothing to write home about.
References in classic literature ?
Other bachelor homesteaders used canned milk, to save trouble.
Call them rural Americans, country-home families, rustic homesteaders or small farmers, these customers need different products and levels of service.
One one side were cattle barons and powerful politicians; on the other, homesteaders and rustlers.
This volume depicts a cast of vibrant characters: women as entertainers and rodeo riders (Lucille Mulhall and Bertha Blanchett), ranchers, mine owners and social climbers (Baby Doe), homesteaders and possible cattle thieves (Cattle Kate), hard-working madams and risk-taking prostitutes, and women who inspired songs and legends (Yellow Rose of Texas and Polly Bemis).
Although new state initiatives encouraged settlements in the frontier regions as a means of bringing indigenous people into the national fold, conflicting interests of missionaries and homesteaders and the fierce resistance of the Xavante, destabilized these plans.
Homesteaders Federal Credit Union celebrated the opening of its new Central Harlem branch on Jan.
In 1887, Congress confiscated 90 million acres from Indian tribes and offered it to white homesteaders.
Despite Washington's relative silence on the West, Micheaux transfers Washington's belief in the importance of thrift, hard work, and vocational values over intellectual values into the narrative of development of the South Dakota plains through each of his homesteaders.
All three are slowly decaying Western ghost towns abandoned by 19th-century homesteaders and gold seekers.
It was John Sutter, you might recall, who is credited with single-handedly igniting the California gold rush when he found nuggets in the tailrace of the mill he constructed to provide building materials for homesteaders.
Schlissel tells of the life and times of the black men and women who settled the West from 1865 to the early 1900s and richly illustrates with black and white reproductions of some of the mountain men, homesteaders, soldiers, cowboys and scouts who took part in the western expansion.
Hence, the homesteaders had neither an analytical framework nor sufficient data for predicting fluctuations in rainfall.