homestead

[ hohm-sted, -stid ]SEE DEFINITION OF homestead

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HOMESTEAD

At this moment of doubt, Sim walked into the courtyard of the homestead.

The apartment had hardly the appearance of a room in a Cumbrian homestead.

It was a farm, let there be no mistake, and not merely a homestead.

A homestead not exceeding $1,000 in value may be reserved for the widow.

A homestead to the value of $1,000 is exempted to "the head of the family."

The law provides that a homestead to the value of $1,000 shall inure to the widow.

The homestead, to the value of $2,000, is exempted for the wife.

A homestead to the value of $1,500 is exempted for the survivor and minor children.

If settlers should come in and homestead it, he would have to quit the cattle business.

But Massachusetts did not follow this suggestion of a homestead policy.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English hamstede "home, town, village," from home (n.) + stead (q.v.). In U.S. usage, "a lot of land adequate for the maintenance of a family" (1690s), defined by the Homestead Act of 1862 as 160 acres. Hence, the verb, first recorded 1872. Homesteader also is from 1872.

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