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

n the home and adjacent grounds occupied by a family

Type of:
the land on which real estate is located

n dwelling that is usually a farmhouse and adjoining land

Type of:
abode, domicile, dwelling, dwelling house, habitation, home
housing that someone is living in

n land acquired from the United States public lands by filing a record and living on and cultivating it under the homestead law

Type of:
acres, demesne, estate, land, landed estate
extensive landed property (especially in the country) retained by the owner for his own use

v settle land given by the government and occupy it as a homestead

Type of:
form a community

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