homestead

[hohm-sted, -stid]
noun
1.
a dwelling with its land and buildings, occupied by the owner as a home and exempted by a homestead law from seizure or sale for debt.
2.
any dwelling with its land and buildings where a family makes its home.
3.
a tract of land acquired under the Homestead Act.
4.
a house in an urban area acquired under a homesteading program.
verb (used with object)
5.
to acquire or settle on (land) as a homestead: Pioneers homesteaded the valley.
verb (used without object)
6.
to acquire or settle on a homestead: They homesteaded many years ago.

Origin:
before 1000; Old English hāmstede (not found in ME). See home, stead

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Homestead

[hohm-sted, -stid]
noun
a town in S Florida.
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homestead (ˈhəʊmˌstɛd, -stɪd)
 
n
1.  a house or estate and the adjoining land, buildings, etc, esp a farm
2.  (in the US) a house and adjoining land designated by the owner as his fixed residence and exempt under the homestead laws from seizure and forced sale for debts
3.  (in western Canada) a piece of land, usually 160 acres, granted to a settler by the federal government
4.  (Austral), (NZ) the owner's or manager's residence on a sheep or cattle station; in New Zealand the term includes all outbuildings

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homestead
O.E. hamstede "home, town, village," from home + stead (q.v.). In U.S. usage, "a lot of land adequate for the maintenance of a family" (1693), defined by the Homestead Act of 1862 as 160 acres. Hence, the verb, first recorded 1872. Homesteader also is from 1872.
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These homesteads were settled by dominantly polish immigrants.
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