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Meaning of HOMESTEAD

Pronunciation:  'howmsted

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  1. [n]  dwelling that is usually a farmhouse and adjoining land
  2. [n]  land acquired from the United States public lands by filing a record and living on and cultivating it under the homestead law
  3. [n]  the home and adjacent grounds occupied by a family
  4. [v]  settle land given by the government and occupy it as a homestead

HOMESTEAD is a 9 letter word that starts with H.


 See Also: abode, acres, demesne, domicile, dwelling, dwelling house, estate, habitation, home, land, landed estate, settle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Home"stead\, n. [AS. h[=a]mstede.]
1. The home place; a home and the inclosure or ground
   immediately connected with it. --Dryden.

2. The home or seat of a family; place of origin.

         We can trace them back to a homestead on the Rivers
         Volga and Ural.                       --W. Tooke.

3. (Law) The home and appurtenant land and buildings owned by
   the head of a family, and occupied by him and his family.

{Homestead law}.
   (a) A law conferring special privileges or exemptions upon
       owners of homesteads; esp., a law exempting a
       homestead from attachment or sale under execution for
       general debts. Such laws, with limitations as to the
       extent or value of the property, exist in most of the
       States. Called also {homestead exemption law}.
   (b) Also, a designation of an Act of Congress authorizing
       and regulating the sale of public lands, in parcels of
       160 acres each, to actual settlers. [U.S.]

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