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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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 At Beaver Creek, kids can pan for treasures like settlers did all those years ago. Discover Magazine, "7 Family Friendly Bucket List Adventures in Beaver Creek," 17 Aug. 2018 Christina Animashuan/Vox Those settlements, and the soldiers from the Israel Defense Forces who were charged with protecting the Jewish settlers who lived in them, caused serious friction with the majority population of Palestinians in Gaza. Alex Ward, Vox, "Israel and Gaza just saw their worst violence in years. It could get worse.," 14 Nov. 2018 In rare cases, Israel has also evicted Jewish settlers who have squatted illegally. Majdi Mohammed, Fox News, "Israel removes protest shacks near embattled West Bank site," 13 Sep. 2018 Lincoln – or Linkhorn – was an early settler of Louisville in the 1780s. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Elvis' and Lincoln's grandfathers and a statue that comes to life: They're all hidden in Louisville," 27 Dec. 2017 For instance, Daniel Eichholz's ancestors had prominent ties to the Revolutionary Wars and were among Georgia's first Jewish settlers. 3. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "Southern Charm Savannah: 5 Things to Know About the Show," 9 May 2017

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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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