settler

noun
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 Ostensibly, the act was revenge for the murder of a settler girl of the same age, Yael Salomon, by a young Palestinian man. Ilana Masad, Los Angeles Times, "Review: An American novel manages, for once, to get Israel right," 25 Jan. 2021 An Associated Press investigation last year found that the family has donated at least $5.6 million to settler groups in the West Bank and east Jerusalem over the past decade. Joseph Krauss, Star Tribune, "Pompeo expected to visit Israeli settlement in parting gift," 18 Nov. 2020 Companies like Shell, Chevron and Texaco flocked North, soon finding gas and new oil reserves that sparked a boom in both fossil fuel infrastructure and settler populations. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "What Can Sea Shanties Tell Us About Energy Transitions?," 22 Jan. 2021 Since then, authorities have brought in a slew of laws and implemented policies that locals and critics view as part of India's settler colonialism project in the volatile region. Shah Abbas, Star Tribune, "In Kashmir, empty grave for teenager killed by Indian forces," 7 Jan. 2021 On a 700-acre area of land where many people share the same last names — and even trace their lineage to a single 18th-century settler — virtually no one has been untouched. Washington Post, "On a Trump-loving island in the Chesapeake, a virus outbreak unites instead of divides," 22 Dec. 2020 Shaul estimates the new infrastructure could facilitate plans for more than 50,000 settler housing units in the West Bank and another 6,000 in east Jerusalem. Joseph Krauss, Star Tribune, "New roads pave way for massive growth of Israeli settlements," 7 Dec. 2020 Shaul estimates the new infrastructure could facilitate plans for more than 50,000 settler housing units in the West Bank and another 6,000 in east Jerusalem. Joseph Krauss, Anchorage Daily News, "New roads pave way for massive growth of Israeli settlements," 7 Dec. 2020 The Emirates last month hosted a group of Israeli settler leaders from the West Bank, territory occupied by Israel since the 1967 war with Jordan, Syria and Egypt. Ben Wedeman, CNN, "The UAE and Israel's whirlwind honeymoon has gone beyond normalization," 3 Dec. 2020

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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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10 Feb 2021

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“Settler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/settler. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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settler

noun

English Language Learners Definition of settler

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

settler

noun
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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