settler

noun set·tler \ ˈset-lər , ˈse-tᵊl-ər \
|Updated on: 18 Jun 2018

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

Examples of settler in a Sentence

  1. settlers learning to live in peace with the natives

  2. 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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First Known Use of settler

1598

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SETTLER Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of settler for English Language Learners

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


SETTLER Defined for Kids

settler

noun set·tler \ ˈset-lər \

Definition of settler for Students

: a person who settles in a new region : colonist


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