set·​tler | \ ˈset-lər How to pronounce settler (audio) , ˈse-tᵊl-ər \

Definition of settler

1 : one that settles something a settler of disputes
2 : someone who settles in a new region or colony the first settlers of New England

Examples of settler in a Sentence

settlers learning to live in peace with the natives in 1889 Jane Addams, in an effort to provide Chicago's latest wave of settlers with much-needed services, founded the city's first settlement house
Recent Examples on the Web The entire settler-colonial narrative has always centered on white people migrating to the Americas just as the German tribes migrated to the British Isle. Mary Rambaran-olm And Erik Wade, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 July 2021 Israel approved some 3,000 settler homes in October, brushing aside a rebuke from the United States, its closest ally. Joseph Krauss,, 12 May 2022 Israel approved some 3,000 settler homes in October, brushing aside a rebuke from the U.S., its closest ally. Joseph Krauss, ajc, 12 May 2022 Pompeo also received something called the Peace Through Strength Award from staunch Trump ally David Friedman, who served as the previous administration’s ambassador to Israel and is a champion of the Jewish settler movement. Los Angeles Times, 13 Oct. 2021 In a key test for Biden, Israel has also laid the groundwork for a massive construction boom in the years to come, advancing plans for 12,159 settler homes in 2020. Joseph Krauss, Star Tribune, 14 Apr. 2021 Palmer namesake and merchant George Palmer, known as the first White settler, established a trading station on the Matanuska River in 1880. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Mar. 2022 In the late 1800s, Henry Wilcox was among 70 Black ranchers and farmers in the freedom settlement named for Jacob Rogers, an African American settler. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Apr. 2022 Politicians, commentators, and even Israeli spy chiefs are comparing the moment to the lead-up to the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol or the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin by a far-right Israeli settler. Peter Weber, The Week, 6 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of settler

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Jun 2022

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“Settler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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set·​tler | \ ˈset-lər How to pronounce settler (audio) \

Kids Definition of settler

: a person who settles in a new region : colonist

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