What is Homestead?

Legal Definition
The place of the house or home place. Homestead farm does not necessarily include all the parcels of land owned by the grantor, though lying and occupied together. This depends upon the intention of the parties when the term is mentioned in a deed, and is to be gathered from the context. 7 N. H. Rep. 241; 15 John. R. 471. See Manor; Mansion.
-- Bouviers Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
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 house. 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.
See also
-- Black's Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
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.
-- Ballentine's Law Dictionary