Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A parcel of land on which the family resides, and which is to them a home. See 28 Neb. 189, 26 Am. St. Rep. 319, 44 N. W. 187. See, also, 102 Am. St. Rep. 389, note.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    The home place; the place where the home in. It is the home, the house and the adjoining land, where the head of the family dwells; the home farm. The fixed residence of the head of a family, with the land and buildings surrounding the main honse. See Oliver v. Snowden, 18 Fla. 825, 43 Am. Kep. 338; In re Allen (Cal.) 16 Pac. 319; McKeough v. McKeough, 69 Vt. 34, 37 Atl. 275; Hoitt v. Webb, 36 N. H. 158; Frazer v. Weld, 177 Mass. 513, 59 N. E. 118; Lyon v. Hardin, 129 Ala. 643, 29 South. 777; Norris v. Kidd, 28 Ark. 493. Technically, however, and under the modem homestead laws, a homestead is an artificial estate in land, devised to protect the possession and enjoyment of the owner against the claims of his creditors, by withdrawing the property from execution and forced sale, so long as the land is occupied as a home. Buckingham v. Buckingham, 81 Mich. 89, 45 N. W. 504; Campbell v. Moran, 71 Neb. 615, 99 N. W. 499; Iken v. Olenick, 42 Tex. 198; Jones v. Britton, 102 N. C. 166, 9 S. E. 554, 4 L. B. A. 178; Thomas v. Fulford, 117 N. C. 667, 23 S. E 635; Ellinger v. Thomas, 64 Kan. 180, 67 Pac. 529; Gal-ligher v. Smiley, 28 Neb. 189, 44 N. W. 187, 26 Am. St. Rep. 319.
    —Business homestead. In Texas, a place or property (distinct from the home of a family) used and occupied by the head of a family as a place to exercise his calling or business, which is exempt by law. Alexander v. Lovitt (Tex. Civ. App.) 56 S. W. 686; Ford v. Fosgard (Tex. Civ. App.) 25 S. W. 448. A curious misnomer, the word "homestead" in this phrase having lost entirely its original meaning, and being retained apparently only for the sake of its remote and derivative association with the idea of an exemption.
    —Homestead corporations. Corporations organized for the purpose of acquiring lands in large tracts, paying off incumbrances thereon, improving and subdividing them into homestead lots or parcels, and distributing them among the shareholders, and for the accumulation of a fund for such purposes. Civ. Code Cal. § 557.
    —Homestead entry. See Entry.
    —Homestead exemption laws. Laws passed in most of the states allowing a householder or head of a family to designate a house and land as his homestead, and exempting the same homestead from execution for his general debts.
    —Probate homestead. A homestead set apart by-the court for the use of a surviving husband or wife and the minor children out of the common property, or out of the real estate belonging to the deceased. In re Noah's Estate, 73 Cal. 590, 15 Pac. 290, 2 Am. St Rep. 834.
    —Urban bomestea,d. The residence or dwelling place of a family in a city, clnimed or set apart as a homestead, including the principal house and lot, and such lets as are used in connection therewith, contributing to its enjoyment, comfort, and convenience. Ford v. Fosgard (Tex. Civ. App.) 25 S. W. 447; Harris v. Matthews, 36 Tex. 424, 81 S. W. 1204.