Definition of homestead in English:

homestead

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He would often recall with affection the stone walls he built around the family homestead.’
    • ‘All spent idyllic summers visiting their widowed grandmother, Emma Darwin, at Down House, the old homestead in the Kent countryside.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It provided shelter for the family while the larger homestead was being built.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A typical homestead includes a main house with several related structures for various functions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her early years were spent at the family homestead, where she did dressmaking, and the latter part of her youth was spent in England.’
    • ‘Music has been Eamonn's life since he left the family homestead in Rockfield to pursue his dream in the city.’
    • ‘It is a small homestead in the middle of farmlands and shrub jungle.’
    • ‘There was an entire homestead, with home, barns and other outbuildings, complete with a windmill, falling to the ground, evidently worth nothing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Meneghan homestead had been the family base for more than 50 years.’
    • ‘The lodge, an old homestead that the Garland family has been running as an inn since 1972, sits along the banks of Oak Creek.’
    • ‘Soon the trees cleared, and I looked upon a great homestead; there was the quaint New England house, white with black shutters and trim.’
    • ‘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.’
    home, place of residence, lodging place, a roof over one's head
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    1. 1.1NZ, Australian The owner's residence on a sheep or cattle station.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘That Saturday night, people flocked to the Mourie homestead to celebrate Graham's selection.’
      • ‘One of these was built at Edeowie, some distance from the station homestead.’
      • ‘Such equipment actually exists in many bush farm homesteads.’
      • ‘Last Easter, it was party time at the homestead on Tanumbirini Station.’
      • ‘William employed several men as shepherds who lived in cottages with their wives near the homestead.’
      • ‘The family will be given a homestead with 1500 sheep to manage.’
      • ‘On the afternoon they were due home we had all found jobs to do around the homestead.’
      • ‘By 1851, he had hundreds of hives set up near his Coolangatta homestead, and had them supervised and operated by a young Aboriginal beekeeper.’
      • ‘Though nothing remains of the Batten homestead, he can show you the flagstone which probably lay at the front door.’
      • ‘Station homesteads were thus widely scattered and invariably placed alongside the most abundant and reliable water sources.’
      • ‘The homestead is now an impressive piece of architecture, combining the old with the new in a typically Australian style.’
      • ‘The artworks feature Australian scenes such as old homesteads or seascapes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Eventually the homestead was completely renovated.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Brooklands homestead can be seen on the skyline.’
    2. 1.2South African A hut or cluster of huts occupied by one family or clan, standing alone or as part of a traditional African village.
      • ‘The husband's family may descend upon the homestead - sometimes in the middle of the night - to take what they believe is rightfully theirs.’
      • ‘Despite the lull, impoverished villagers are still afraid to return to their homesteads.’
      • ‘And, likewise, tourists flying into Ondangwa and Oshakati are fascinated by the intricate patterned landscape of the traditional Owambo homesteads, for example.’
      • ‘The Commission's decision which was allegedly based on state practice also ended up splitting a single village and even a single homestead between the two countries.’
      • ‘On any of these roads I have mentioned, you only need to be about 5 km away from the main road, or from the river, then you are in the bush with only the odd homestead or village here and there.’
      • ‘He believes that the existence of the graveyards follows a cultural trend whereby burial sites are situated close to homesteads and villages, especially in rural areas.’
  • 2North American historical An area of land (usually 160 acres) granted to a settler in the West as a home.

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

homestead

/ˈhəʊmstɛd/