1. the home and adjacent grounds occupied by a family
2. land acquired from the United States public lands by filing a record and living on and cultivating it under the homestead law
3. dwelling that is usually a farmhouse and adjoining land
1. settle land given by the government and occupy it as a homestead
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Homestead \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.
(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.]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
75 Moby Thesaurus words for "homestead":
ancestral halls, arable land, barnyard, barton, cattle ranch,
chicken farm, chimney corner, collective farm, cotton plantation,
croft, dairy farm, demesne, demesne farm, dry farm, dude ranch,
estate, factory farm, fallow, family homestead, farm, farmery,
farmhold, farmland, farmplace, farmstead, farmyard, fireplace,
fireside, foyer, fruit farm, fur farm, grain farm, grange,
grassland, hacienda, hearth, hearth and home, hearthstone, home,
home place, home roof, home sweet home, homecroft, homefarm,
house and grounds, house and lot, household, ingle, inglenook,
ingleside, kibbutz, kolkhoz, location, mains, manor farm, menage,
messuage, orchard, pasture, paternal roof, pen, place, plantation,
poultry farm, ranch, rancheria, rancho, roof, rooftree, sheep farm,
station, steading, stock farm, toft, truck farm