set·tler | \ˈset-lər, 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

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emigrant, émigré (also emigré), immigrant, migrant



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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

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Back in Bismarck, the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum tells the history of the area’s indigenous people and the settlers who followed, among other things. Lisa Davis,, "Bismarck beckons with revitalized downtown, new breweries — and butterhorns," 14 May 2018 Artifacts of American Indian tribes that frequented this area over 8,000 years ago have been found in the park, indicating that European settlers were not the first to visit. Shirley Macfarland,, "Take a hike at Mill Stream Run Reservation: Strong Points," 20 Apr. 2018 Aunt Jane, as she is affectionately known among Black members of the church, was one of thousands of Mormon settlers in Utah in the late 1840’s. Mica Mcgriggs, Teen Vogue, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Celebrated the 40-Year Anniversary of the Lifted Ban Against Black Members," 11 July 2018 Israel withdrew troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip in 2005. Washington Post, "Israeli minister: Gaza casualties don’t tell the story," 4 June 2018 Israel withdrew its troops and settlers from Gaza in 2005 but, citing security concerns, maintains tight control of its land and sea borders, which has reduced its economy to a state of collapse. Amir Cohen And Nidal Al-mughrabi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Gaza escalates attacks, Israel responds with airstrikes," 29 May 2018 Israel withdrew its troops and settlers from Gaza in 2005 but maintains tight control of its land and sea borders. Anchorage Daily News, "Israeli forces kill 3 Gaza protesters, wound 400, medics say," 27 Apr. 2018 Trade, lumber and flour brought settlers from the east as well as the railroad. Michael Democker,, "7 travel tips for New Orleans Saints fans headed to Minnesota," 9 Jan. 2018 Until there was a saw mill, there would be no lumber available, but with mountain winter already upon them, those first settlers needed shelter at once, and log cabins were the answer. Arthur Hart, idahostatesman, "Idaho’s mining towns had some interesting saloon names, fleeting businesses, tooth decay | Idaho Statesman," 7 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of settler

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of settler

: a person who goes to live in a new place where usually there are few or no people


set·tler | \ˈset-lər \

Kids Definition of settler

: a person who settles in a new region : colonist

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