homesteads; homesteading; homesteaded

A homestead is a house and surrounding land owned by a family — often, it includes a farmhouse.

Most people have homes, but not everyone has a homestead: that means your family owns more than a house. The homestead often consists of a farmhouse and land devoted to crops or animals. You'll find a lot more homesteads in rural areas than in cities. Often, a homestead is passed down from parents to children for generations.

Definitions of homestead
  1. noun
    the home and adjacent grounds occupied by a family
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    type of:
    the land on which real estate is located
  2. noun
    dwelling that is usually a farmhouse and adjoining land
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    abode, domicile, dwelling, dwelling house, habitation, home
    housing that someone is living in
  3. noun
    land acquired from the United States public lands by filing a record and living on and cultivating it under the homestead law
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    acres, demesne, estate, land, landed estate
    extensive landed property (especially in the country) retained by the owner for his own use
  4. verb
    settle land given by the government and occupy it as a homestead
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    type of:
    form a community
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