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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While there are several defining characteristics of Colonial architecture, there are some regional nuances; a result of the settlers in the area and the available materials at the time. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Here’s Why Colonial-Style Homes Reign Supreme," 2 May 2019 The modern state of Israel was created in 1948, and many of its early leaders and settlers were Jews from Poland — the heartland of European Jewry before the war. Vanessa Gera, The Seattle Times, "Israeli marks 70th anniversary of 1st diplomatic outpost," 23 Oct. 2018 To stop pirates and other invaders, early settlers constructed the architectural marvel known as the Castillo de San Marcos. Todd Piro, Fox News, "St. Augustine's pirate museum and ghost tours offer a glimpse into America's oldest city," 30 Aug. 2018 Given that pigs aren't exactly easy to herd, this also means that there probably was some ritual aspect to the pig feasts, important enough to drive early Welsh and Scottish settlers back to the south of modern-day England. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Study: Ancient Stonehenge Pig Roasts Brought in People From All Over Britain," 13 Mar. 2019 This is for Heather Heyer, ICE abolition, open borders, dismantling the prison industrial complex, and ending the settler colonial system. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Charlottesville Anniversary Events Are Scheduled in Charlottesville and Washington, D.C.," 10 Aug. 2018 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

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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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