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A homestead originally means a farmhouse and its adjacent outbuildings.

By extension it can mean any small cluster of houses, e.g. in an African homestead.


From this original meaning many related concepts have arisen:

  • Homestead (unit), a unit of measurement equal to 160 acres
  • Homestead principle, a legal concept that one can establish ownership of unowned property through living on it
  • Homestead Acts, several United States federal laws that gave millions of acres to farmers known as homesteaders
  • Homestead exemption (U.S. law), a legal program to protect the value of a residence from expenses and/or forced sale arising from the death of a spouse
  • Homesteading, a lifestyle of agrarian self-sufficiency as practiced by a modern homesteader or urban homesteader


Places actually named "Homestead":


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Other various applications of the name:

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