Definition of homestead in English:

homestead

noun

  • 1A house, especially a farmhouse, and outbuildings.

    • ‘While I admit I was ill-prepared for the transition from city to country, I've settled in after several years and love the country life and our homestead.’
    • ‘When my wife, Nancy, and I started planning our dream homestead in 1998, our first thought was that our house needed to be far more than a shelter.’
    • ‘All spent idyllic summers visiting their widowed grandmother, Emma Darwin, at Down House, the old homestead in the Kent countryside.’
    • ‘It provided shelter for the family while the larger homestead was being built.’
    • ‘Soon the trees cleared, and I looked upon a great homestead; there was the quaint New England house, white with black shutters and trim.’
    • ‘Music has been Eamonn's life since he left the family homestead in Rockfield to pursue his dream in the city.’
    • ‘I don't believe I truly understood that I could relax until I saw the grand white building of the Randolph family homestead through the budding trees ahead of me.’
    • ‘He was born on the family homestead in the front downstairs bedroom of the farmhouse.’
    • ‘The key points are the following: the new homestead consists of a farm, and a farmhouse, in poor order, in a particularly bleak and nasty corner of northern Scotland.’
    • ‘It is a small homestead in the middle of farmlands and shrub jungle.’
    • ‘The lodge, an old homestead that the Garland family has been running as an inn since 1972, sits along the banks of Oak Creek.’
    • ‘It sits on the front of a hill facing a dirt road, with another dirt road branching off and running uphill on the house's left and off to more remote homesteads.’
    • ‘The Meneghan homestead had been the family base for more than 50 years.’
    • ‘Her early years were spent at the family homestead, where she did dressmaking, and the latter part of her youth was spent in England.’
    • ‘There were social consequences in that if people couldn't live near their families or the family homestead, the elderly people were deprived of the comfort of the younger generation and vice versa.’
    • ‘There was an entire homestead, with home, barns and other outbuildings, complete with a windmill, falling to the ground, evidently worth nothing.’
    • ‘He would often recall with affection the stone walls he built around the family homestead.’
    • ‘A typical homestead includes a main house with several related structures for various functions.’
    • ‘Cllr Gerry Coyle told the Western People that a number of Belmullet natives have returned home to build a new house or restore the old homestead.’
    • ‘In the villages, a family's homestead reflects wealth through the number of structures, particularly if those structures include granaries, which hold a family's maize harvest.’
    home, place of residence, homestead, lodging place, a roof over one's head
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    1. 1.1Australian, NZ The owner's residence on a sheep or cattle station.
      • ‘Last Easter, it was party time at the homestead on Tanumbirini Station.’
      • ‘It is now 12 days since I applied to shift some sheep back to my homestead that are separated from the main farm by two fields.’
      • ‘Once Jim Chaffey had bought land to form a large station on the north of the Clarence as far as the Bluff station there was radio contact twice daily between the homestead at Kekerengu and the staff working inland.’
      • ‘When the University of Canterbury moved from its town site to Ilam, west of the city, the site was farmland with the homestead on it known as Okeover.’
      • ‘By 1851, he had hundreds of hives set up near his Coolangatta homestead, and had them supervised and operated by a young Aboriginal beekeeper.’
      • ‘Such equipment actually exists in many bush farm homesteads.’
      • ‘The Brooklands homestead can be seen on the skyline.’
      • ‘Station homesteads were thus widely scattered and invariably placed alongside the most abundant and reliable water sources.’
      • ‘The artworks feature Australian scenes such as old homesteads or seascapes.’
      • ‘William employed several men as shepherds who lived in cottages with their wives near the homestead.’
      • ‘Stoddart first settled on the Terrace Station on the Rakaia River in Canterbury where the homestead sited below the top of the terrace was said to be one of the windiest places in Canterbury.’
      • ‘Eventually the homestead was completely renovated.’
      • ‘On the afternoon they were due home we had all found jobs to do around the homestead.’
      • ‘That Saturday night, people flocked to the Mourie homestead to celebrate Graham's selection.’
      • ‘The family will be given a homestead with 1500 sheep to manage.’
      • ‘Though nothing remains of the Batten homestead, he can show you the flagstone which probably lay at the front door.’
      • ‘The homestead is now an impressive piece of architecture, combining the old with the new in a typically Australian style.’
      • ‘The forest provided a large amount of timber for station buildings, fences, homesteads, shearing sheds, cottages, and mines such as the Charlton, Moonta, Wallaroo and the Burra.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One of these was built at Edeowie, some distance from the station homestead.’
  • 2North American historical An area of land (usually 160 acres) granted to a settler in the West as a home.

    • ‘The Act of 1862 provided homesteads of 160 acres free of charge.’
    • ‘In Kansas they built all-black towns, developed homesteads, and acquired land.’
    • ‘Those who decided to stay in the East could select homesteads on former tribal land.’
    • ‘Thousands of these historic remnants litter national forests and wilderness areas, relics of homesteads or mining claims that predate the protected entity.’
    • ‘Under the 1868 treaty Indians were permitted to claim 160-acre homesteads on public lands.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

homestead

/ˈhəʊmstɛd/