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[sted-ing] /ˈstɛd ɪŋ/
noun, Scot. and North England.
a farm, especially its buildings.
Origin of steading
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English (north and Scots); see stead, -ing1


[sted] /stɛd/
the place of a person or thing as occupied by a successor or substitute:
The nephew of the queen came in her stead.
Obsolete. a place or locality.
verb (used with object)
to be of service, advantage, or avail to.
stand in good stead, to be useful to, especially in a critical situation:
Your experience will stand you in good stead.
before 900; (noun) Middle English, Old English stede; cognate with German Stätte place; akin to German Stadt, Old Norse stathr, Gothic staths, Greek stásis (see stasis); (v.) Middle English steden, derivative of the noun Unabridged
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  • Now Vigi the warlock knew every man's affairs who came to the steading or left it.

  • Her face is wrinkled, and her dim eyes are peering down the track which leads from the steading to the pasture.

    The Right Stuff Ian Hay
  • "To leave the steading in sic a spot is no to be thought on," sighed the Laird, as he spent his second wish in undoing his first.

    Old-Fashioned Fairy Tales Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing
  • The house and buildings are only one story high, white, and altogether a genuine Scotch steading.

  • There was little sound in the air, but from the steading came the happy laughter of a child.

    The Path of the King John Buchan
  • She appeared to Ulysses in the steading of Eumœus, the swineherd, as a “woman tall and fair, and skilful in splendid handiwork.”

    Needlework As Art Marian Alford
  • She ruled the steading and the flocks, and the ploughed lands, and the pastures with regal authority from her bed in the kitchen.

    Barbara Lynn Emily J. Jenkinson
  • In the meantime, he had a bondwoman in Norway, and a steading in very good land not far from the firth.

    Frey and His Wife Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • After this Cormac went about the steading to look for Steingerd.

British Dictionary definitions for steading


noun (Brit)
a farmstead
the outbuildings of a farm
Word Origin
C15: from stead + -ing1


(preceded by in) (rare) the place, function, or position that should be taken by another: to come in someone's stead
stand someone in good stead, to be useful or of good service to (someone)
(transitive) (archaic) to help or benefit
Word Origin
Old English stede; related to Old Norse stathr place, Old High German stat place, Latin statiō a standing, statim immediately


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Word Origin and History for steading



Old English stede "place, position, standing, delay," related to standan "to stand," from Proto-Germanic *stadiz (cf. Old Saxon stedi, Old Norse staðr, Swedish stad, Dutch stede "place," Old High German stat, German Stadt "town," Gothic staþs "place"), from PIE *stetis-, from root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Now chiefly in compounds or phrases. "The sense 'town, city' for G. Stadt is a late development from c.1200 when the term began to replace Burg" [Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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