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, in-migrant, incomer [chiefly British], migrant, out-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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Last week a Kohelet Policy Forum report revealed many major companies active in the West Bank also do business in occupied territories and with settler regimes around the world, without a word of criticism from the groups that pressured Airbnb. Eugene Kontorovich, WSJ, "Airbnb’s Anti-Israel Hypocrisy," 25 Nov. 2018 In 1715, the Yamasee War began as members of the Yamasee tribe attacked English settlers in colonial South Carolina; the colonists were eventually able to defeat the Yamasee and their allies., "Today in History: April 15, 2018," 15 Apr. 2018 This way of seeing the West reproduces the iconography of settler colonialism. Kainaz Amaria, Vox, "National Geographic’s November cover falls back on a racist cliché," 1 Nov. 2018 From Jamie's willful aunt to conniving pirate, as well as Scottish settlers intent on making a home in the new world and Native Americans, Claire and Jamie will cross paths with some very interesting people in the coming episodes. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Outlander Season 4: Meet the New Cast," 30 Oct. 2018 Among past changes, mock frontier rifles were removed on Tom Sawyer Island along with the victim of an arrow, who lay sprawled for years in front of a settler’s burning cabin. Hugo Martin,, "Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean reopens with a new auction scene — and no brides," 8 June 2018 Honor the Native teens trying to uphold their traditions in a settler nation. Taylor Crumpton, Teen Vogue, "I Already Knew What the White House Intern Photo Showed Me," 6 Apr. 2018 The report traces the root of the city’s housing inequity to its earliest days, when settlers were first arriving in New Orleans. Jennifer Larino,, "8 reasons why New Orleans neighborhoods remain segregated," 6 Apr. 2018 In San Francisco, meanwhile, American settlers began naming streets after famous American figures, or themselves. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF custom of naming streets, landmarks has always been complicated," 20 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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