A quality annexed to land whereby an estate is exempted from sale under execution for debt. Littlejohn v Egerton, 77 NC 379, 384. A statutory privilege which may be asserted where the homestead property of the family is sought to be subjected to the payment of a debt not a lien, whereunder either or both spouses may claim the homestead as exempt from seizure. Thompson v Marlin, 116 Okla 159, 243 P 950. The right to enter upon unappropriated public land for the purpose of occupying a tract and ultimately acquiring title to it under the homestead laws. 42 Am J1st Pub L §§ 19 et seq.