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

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Fortunately, Jamie fixes everything by killing what everyone thinks is a bear, but is actually a man dressed as a bear who's been attacking Cherokee and European settlers alike. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Outlander Season 4 Episode 4 Reveals How Claire & Jamie May Die," 26 Nov. 2018 Queen Victoria of England or Gilgamesh of Sumeria, for example—and start with just some wandering settlers. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Review: Civilization VI on the iPhone is the full experience," 4 Oct. 2018 Israel captured the West Bank along with east Jerusalem in the 1967 war and today about 600,000 settlers live in those areas. Washington Post, "Israel strikes launchers of burning kites from Gaza Strip," 17 June 2018 Evidence of violence amongst LBK communities is rampant, with some sites suggesting massacres occurred at the hands of neighboring settlers. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "7,000-Year-Old German Grave Shows New Side of Neolithic Brutality," 11 July 2018 Mariel grew up here, a place her father, Jack Hemingway, became fond of after his father, the Nobel Prize-winning writer Ernest Hemingway, one of the early celebrity settlers, first came to Sun Valley, in 1939. Nell Casey, Town & Country, "Surviving Hemingway," 7 Aug. 2013 The Shin Bet confirmed the detentions as pressure grew from settlers demanding information about them. Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Israeli Youths Detained in Palestinian Woman’s Killing," 6 Jan. 2019 Murtagh, played by English actor Duncan Lacroix, is working as a blacksmith in Willem’s Creek, the town where Jamie and young Ian have ventured unsuccessfully to recruit settlers for Fraser’s Ridge. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Duncan Lacroix Talks About Murtagh’s Unexpected Return in Outlander Season 4 Episode 5 "Savages"," 2 Dec. 2018 The lottery raised £29,000, which went toward British settlers. Jonathan D. Cohen, Vox, "How lottery money helped build the United States," 24 Oct. 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 How to pronounce settler (audio) \

Kids Definition of settler

: a person who settles in a new region : colonist

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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