Definition of homestead in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 lodge, an old homestead that the Garland family has been running as an inn since 1972, sits along the banks of Oak Creek.’
    • ‘A typical homestead includes a main house with several related structures for various functions.’
    • ‘It is a small homestead in the middle of farmlands and shrub jungle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Music has been Eamonn's life since he left the family homestead in Rockfield to pursue his dream in the city.’
    • ‘Soon the trees cleared, and I looked upon a great homestead; there was the quaint New England house, white with black shutters and trim.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was an entire homestead, with home, barns and other outbuildings, complete with a windmill, falling to the ground, evidently worth nothing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All spent idyllic summers visiting their widowed grandmother, Emma Darwin, at Down House, the old homestead in the Kent countryside.’
    • ‘The Meneghan homestead had been the family base for more than 50 years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her early years were spent at the family homestead, where she did dressmaking, and the latter part of her youth was spent in England.’
    • ‘He would often recall with affection the stone walls he built around the family 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    home, place of residence, homestead, lodging place, a roof over one's head
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  • 2Law
    A person's or family's residence, which comprises the land, house, and outbuildings, and in most states is exempt from forced sale for collection of debt.

    • ‘Last Easter, it was party time at the homestead on Tanumbirini Station.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the afternoon they were due home we had all found jobs to do around the homestead.’
    • ‘Such equipment actually exists in many bush farm homesteads.’
    • ‘The artworks feature Australian scenes such as old homesteads or seascapes.’
    • ‘The Brooklands homestead can be seen on the skyline.’
    • ‘The family will be given a homestead with 1500 sheep to manage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘William employed several men as shepherds who lived in cottages with their wives near the homestead.’
    • ‘Station homesteads were thus widely scattered and invariably placed alongside the most abundant and reliable water sources.’
    • ‘That Saturday night, people flocked to the Mourie homestead to celebrate Graham's selection.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One of these was built at Edeowie, some distance from the station homestead.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The homestead is now an impressive piece of architecture, combining the old with the new in a typically Australian style.’
  • 3North American historical (as provided by the federal Homestead Act of 1862) an area of public land in the West (usually 160 acres) granted to any US citizen willing to settle on and farm the land for at least five years.

    • ‘Those who decided to stay in the East could select homesteads on former tribal land.’
    • ‘Under the 1868 treaty Indians were permitted to claim 160-acre homesteads on public lands.’
    • ‘In Kansas they built all-black towns, developed homesteads, and acquired land.’
    • ‘Thousands of these historic remnants litter national forests and wilderness areas, relics of homesteads or mining claims that predate the protected entity.’
    • ‘The Act of 1862 provided homesteads of 160 acres free of charge.’
  • 4(in southern Africa) a hut or cluster of huts occupied by one family or clan, standing alone or as part of a traditional African village.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The husband's family may descend upon the homestead - sometimes in the middle of the night - to take what they believe is rightfully theirs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


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

Definition of Homestead in English:


proper noun

  • An agricultural and suburban city in southeastern Florida, southwest of Miami; population 57,936 (est. 2008)