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Middle English steding (place, farm), from Middle English stede (estate, property, holdings), from Old English stede (locality, place, site, position, station)


steading (plural steadings)

  1. A farmhouse and outer buildings such as barns, stables, cattle-sheds, etc.; a farmstead; a homestead, an onstead, an estate
    • 1907, Harold Bindloss, chapter 1, in The Dust of Conflict[1]:
      They said nothing further, but tramped on in the growing darkness, past farm steadings, into the little village, through the silent churchyard where generations of the Pallisers lay, and up the beech avenue that led to Northrop Hall.
    • 2002, David Weber, The Honor of the Queen (Sci-fi), Reissue edition, Baen Books, →ISBN:
      … authorized the Grant in Organization a new steading on our southernmost continent. With your permission, we intend to call it the Steading of Harrington, and I ask you to assume the office of its Steadholder for yourself and your heirs.


  • Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia, steading
  • Merriam-Webster, steading
  • Middle English Dictionary, stede



  1. present participle of stead