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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.
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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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References in classic literature ?
Other bachelor homesteaders used canned milk, to save trouble.
Although The Conquest and The Homesteader are both based on events in Micheaux's life, the two heroes of these books are clearly different characters created to achieve particular effects.
Photographically illustrated, the six volume "Westward Ho!" series (0823972852, $103.50) by Emily Raabe consists of Buffalo Soldiers And The Western Frontier; The Gold Rush: California Or Bust!; The Mexican-American War; Pioneers: Life As A Homesteader; Thomas Jefferson And The Louisiana Purchase; and The U.S.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police approached a heavily fortified cabin in the winter of 1932, and tried to arrest a lone-wolf trapper accused of pilfering a homesteader's traplines.
When deciding how to raise a pig for meat, each farmer or homesteader should use the feeding method that bests fits their situation.
The Ultimate Cheese Press from Homesteader's Supply is a high-end hardwood cheese press for home cheesemakers, designed and manufactured right here in the United States.
Fewell, Founder of Homesteaders of America, author of The Homesteader's Herbal Companion and The Homesteader's Natural Chicken Keeping Handbook.
"Here is a woman homesteader who comes from a very comfortable life," said Kurds Kelly, a storyteller and reenactor who has performed at Rocky Mountain.
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.
"The City Homesteader: Self-Sufficiency on Any Square Footage" is a guide for being as self-sufficient as possible when space is at a premium, such as in a packed city In the modern age, rediscovering self-sufficiency may be what's needed to keep the world able to feed us all, and Scott Meyer walks readers through everything they need to know to embrace this practice through growing a little of their own, food preservation, even raising chickens and much more.