Having been placed; located.
(archaic) Situated; placed.
(archaic) To help; avail.
Origin of bestead
- Middle English bistad placed bi- be- -stad (ultimately from Old Norse staddr placed) (past participle of stedhja to stop) (from stadhr place stā- in Indo-European roots)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From be- + Old Norse staddr (“placed”), later assimilated to Etymology 1, above.
- From be- + stead (“to support, help”).
- From be- + stead (“place”).