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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The house was built in the late 1800s by the the Elias family, Wales' first Welsh settlers. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After 15 years, Pedal'rs Inn Bed and Breakfast in Wales has closed," 3 Jan. 2020 In the late 1860s, white settlers established what would become modern Phoenix as an agricultural center by the Salt River. Erin Stone, azcentral, "Winter air really is worse in south, west Phoenix. Here's why," 31 Dec. 2019 The Quapaw leader was born at Arkansas Post and is remembered for his kindness to missionaries and other early settlers. Dale Ellis, Arkansas Online, "Quapaw Nation's Arkansas casino finish still set for June," 27 Dec. 2019 The world’s black rhino population declined by 98 percent from 1960 to 1995, falling to a historical low of less than 2,500, largely because of European hunters and settlers, according to the World Wildlife Fund. New York Times, "Black Rhino Born at Michigan Zoo on Christmas Eve," 25 Dec. 2019 Anthropologists believe that humankind has observed the winter solstice since the Neolithic period, which began 12,000 years ago as people transformed from hunter-gatherers to farmers and settlers., "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 13 Dec. 2019 Sleep Mars: First generation settlers will likely need Earth-like gravity to develop normalized sleeping patterns on Mars. Ben Lamm, Quartz, "The problems we’re solving for on Earth will only follow us to Mars," 5 Dec. 2019 To remind you, Du Sable is generally regarded as this area’s first non-native settler. Rick Kogan,, "Should we instead rename Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive for a woman named Kitihawa?," 3 Dec. 2019 Kashmiris greeted Modi’s decision with protests, claiming that his real goal was to inundate the state with Hindu settlers. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, "Blood and Soil in Narendra Modi’s India," 2 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of settler

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of settler was in 1598

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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Settler.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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How to pronounce settler (audio)

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 How to pronounce settler (audio) \

Kids Definition of settler

: a person who settles in a new region : colonist

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