Main definitions of homestead in English

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homestead1

noun

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

    • ‘Soon the trees cleared, and I looked upon a great homestead; there was the quaint New England house, white with black shutters and trim.’
    • ‘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 was born on the family homestead in the front downstairs bedroom of the farmhouse.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 would often recall with affection the stone walls he built around the family homestead.’
    • ‘The lodge, an old homestead that the Garland family has been running as an inn since 1972, sits along the banks of Oak Creek.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Meneghan homestead had been the family base for more than 50 years.’
    • ‘All spent idyllic summers visiting their widowed grandmother, Emma Darwin, at Down House, the old homestead in the Kent countryside.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was an entire homestead, with home, barns and other outbuildings, complete with a windmill, falling to the ground, evidently worth nothing.’
    • ‘Music has been Eamonn's life since he left the family homestead in Rockfield to pursue his dream in the city.’
    home, place of residence, lodging place, a roof over one's head
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    1. 1.1Australian, NZ 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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Though nothing remains of the Batten homestead, he can show you the flagstone which probably lay at the front door.’
      • ‘That Saturday night, people flocked to the Mourie homestead to celebrate Graham's selection.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘By 1851, he had hundreds of hives set up near his Coolangatta homestead, and had them supervised and operated by a young Aboriginal beekeeper.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One of these was built at Edeowie, some distance from the station homestead.’
      • ‘On the afternoon they were due home we had all found jobs to do around the homestead.’
      • ‘The Brooklands homestead can be seen on the skyline.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Such equipment actually exists in many bush farm homesteads.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Last Easter, it was party time at the homestead on Tanumbirini Station.’
    2. 1.2South African (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.
      • ‘Despite the lull, impoverished villagers are still afraid to return to their homesteads.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘And, likewise, tourists flying into Ondangwa and Oshakati are fascinated by the intricate patterned landscape of the traditional Owambo homesteads, for example.’
      • ‘The husband's family may descend upon the homestead - sometimes in the middle of the night - to take what they believe is rightfully theirs.’
  • 2North 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.

    • ‘The Act of 1862 provided homesteads of 160 acres free of charge.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Thousands of these historic remnants litter national forests and wilderness areas, relics of homesteads or mining claims that predate the protected entity.’
    • ‘In Kansas they built all-black towns, developed homesteads, and acquired land.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

homestead

/ˈhoʊmˌstɛd//ˈhōmˌsted/

Main definitions of homestead in English

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Homestead2

proper noun

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

Pronunciation

Homestead

/ˈhōmsted/