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 cafe is next to the popular Teatro Colon named after Italian explorer and colonist Christopher Columbus. Christoph Rauwald,, "VW Labor Unions Urge Marketing Revamp Amid Racist Advert Uproar," 1 June 2020 That’s kinda disturbing in the United States, where the rule of law has been king ever since the colonists, who the Three Percenters claim to admire, kicked the royals out nearly 250 years ago. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Gerth: Police entanglement in 'Three Percenters' group may go beyond Audubon Park," 21 May 2020 Investors, including many future colonists, poured some $400,000 into a stock company to support the venture. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "New revelations tell why a socialist commune failed in Dallas. (Hint: it wasn’t the socialism)," 15 Apr. 2020 The enterprising English colonists, by contrast, thought moose might make good draft animals, like oxen. Arthur Longworth, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal, April 6–12," 12 Apr. 2020 In 1715, the Yamasee War began as members of the Yamasee tribe attacked English settlers in colonial South Carolina; the colonists were eventually able to defeat the Yamasee and their allies., "Today in History: April 15, 2018," 15 Apr. 2018 The Three Percenters — whose name symbolizes the percentage of American colonists who fought against England during the Revolutionary War — were founded by Mike Vanderboegh, a Second Amendment activist and blogger who made his home in Pinson. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Patriots rookie kicker Justin Rohrwasser says he’ll have controversial tattoo removed," 28 Apr. 2020 Book review: TaraShea Nesbit's 'Beheld' a compelling tale of Plymouth colonists through women's eyes Book review: Hilary Mantel brings Cromwell trilogy to a brilliant end in 'The Mirror & the Light' 3. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, "5 books not to miss: ‘The Glass Hotel,’ James Rollins’ Sigma Force novel ‘Last Odyssey’," 21 Mar. 2020 Also on this day: 1770: The Boston Massacre takes place as British soldiers who were been taunted by a crowd of colonists open fire, killing five people. Fox News, "This Day in History: March 5," 5 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of colonist

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Jun 2020

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“Colonist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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