col·​o·​nist | \ ˈkä-lə-nist How to pronounce colonist (audio) \

Definition of colonist

1 : a member or inhabitant of a colony
2 : one that colonizes or settles in a new country

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Examples of colonist in a Sentence

British colonists settled the area in the 18th century. over time the colonists began to sense that they were becoming a people unto themselves
Recent Examples on the Web The average colonist spent a quarter of his income on booze, according to Cheever. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Mar. 2021 This plot of land was originally part of the Meserole homestead, owned in the 18th and 19th centuries by one of Greenpoint’s earliest colonist families, who were known for their apple and cherry orchards. Emma Alpern, Curbed, 26 Oct. 2019 His mother, Octavia Knipping Rochet, was the granddaughter of a French colonist and the great-granddaughter of a German merchant who had married a Dominican woman born to Spanish colonists. Elias E. Lopez, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2021 By then a new kind of colonist had emerged in Peru. Longreads, 5 Feb. 2021 In 1697, Native American raiders, probably from the Abenaki people, took English colonist Hannah Duston, 40 years old at the time, and her newborn daughter captive. Erin Thompson, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Dec. 2020 One of them, John Billington, became the first colonist executed for murder. Joseph Loconte, National Review, 11 Nov. 2020 The town council voted 5-4 down party lines Tuesday to request that the state remove a colonist’s statue from the Palisado Green and place it on Windsor Historical Society property. Steven Goode,, 9 Sep. 2020 The statue of a colonist who helped found Windsor but also led an attack that killed hundreds of Pequot Indian men, women and children likely took another step Monday toward being removed from the Palisado Green. Steven Goode,, 25 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of colonist

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Colonist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of colonist

: a person who lives in a colony
: a person who helps to create a colony


col·​o·​nist | \ ˈkä-lə-nəst How to pronounce colonist (audio) \

Kids Definition of colonist

1 : a person living in a colony
2 : a person who helps to found a colony


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