One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A place or piece of ground on which a house stands; the site of a house.
Old English; earliest use found in Pseudo-Apuleius' Herbarium. Cognate with or formed similarly to Old Frisian hūsstede, Middle Dutch huusstede (Dutch huisstede, huissteed, huisstee), Old Saxon hūsstedi (Middle Low German hūsstede, hūse stad, (with shortening of the vowel in the first syllable) hustede, hustidde), Old High German hūsstat from the Germanic base of house + the Germanic base of stead. In later use apparently independently re-formed from house + stead, probably after homestead.
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