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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Reuters Greenland, which is not green but icy, was so named by an Icelandic exile hoping to attract settlers. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Greenland has serious problems. A Trump deal isn’t one of them.," 21 Aug. 2019 The point was officially named in honor of San Diego’s pioneering Jewish settler in 2005. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: A past president of Israel chose La Jolla as his hideaway," 20 Aug. 2019 Summery-souled, fruity cobblers and crisps have been around since Colonial days, when British and European settlers brought their recipes with them. Marcy Goldman, Twin Cities, "With less sugar, these cobblers, crisps and crumbles let their fruit flavors shine brighter," 15 Aug. 2019 Also, many settlers had not in fact decided to undertake these journeys themselves — slaves, women and children who made up homesteads had no choice in the matter, after all. John Freeman,, "Téa Obreht’s ‘Inland’ a poetic journey into loneliness and the American West," 15 Aug. 2019 Government critics see the move, which would allow Indians from outside the region to permanently settle and buy land, as an attempt to alter Kashmir’s culture and demographics with Hindu settlers. Washington Post, "Indian business ties underpin muted Arab response to Kashmir," 15 Aug. 2019 The controversy over the large mural at George Washington High School centers on parts of the fresco depicting slavery and white settlers stepping over a dead Native American. Jill Tucker,, "San Francisco school board reverses course, decides to save controversial mural," 13 Aug. 2019 This peaceful dinner between natives and settlers may seem a bit dubious to some, given the tensions between the two groups. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "Why Do We Celebrate Thanksgiving—and Why Does It Fall on a Thursday?," 12 Aug. 2019 The battle between wolves and humans began back in the 1800s when European settlers brought their livestock with them to the United States. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Gray wolves could be dropped from endangered species list," 12 July 2019

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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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