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nounEnglish Regional, Scottish, Northern
Scottish and English regional (northern). The farmhouse and other buildings belonging to a farm; a farmstead. Also: specifically the outbuildings on a farm, as distinct from the farmhouse, or the farmhouse, as distinct from the outbuildings. Compare "onset"; "stead". Now rare.
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From on- + stead.
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