- Homestead is defined as a house and the land surrounding it.
A family farm is an example of a homestead.
A country homestead.
- ☆ a place where a family makes its home, including the land, house, and outbuildings
- Law such a place occupied by the owner and his family and exempted from seizure or forced sale to meet general debts
- ☆ a tract of public land (160 acres by the of 1862) granted by the U.S. government to a settler to be developed as a farm
Origin of homesteadOld English hamstede: see home and amp; stead
to become a settler on a homestead
to settle on as a homestead
- A house, especially a farmhouse, with adjoining buildings and land.
- Law Property qualifying as a person's home under certain laws, such as laws providing tax abatements and exemptions, survivorship rights for spouse and children, and immunity from claims of creditors.
- Land claimed by a settler or squatter, especially under the Homestead Act.
- The place where one's home is.
verbhome·stead·ed, home·stead·ing, home·steads
To settle and farm land, especially under the Homestead Act.
To claim and settle (land) as a homestead.
homestead - Legal Definition
Houses, other buildings, and land comprising a residence.