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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The Romans were early settlers here, and the village was thriving during the survey for the Domesday Book.
▪ Joseph and Leavenworth meant two days saved for early settlers heading west in ox-drawn wagons.
▪ The earliest settlers left behind them a remarkable array of monuments: standing stones, burial chambers, villages and brochs.
▪ This is a mile-long limestone scar, given the name of Fell End Clouds by the imaginative early settlers in the district.
▪ They went out of the door chatting about having seen the land as the early settlers found it.
▪ The straightness of the rods and the plant's natural pliability made it a valuable construction material for early settlers.
▪ To a town dweller the silence is eerie - so this is how the wilderness felt to the early explorers and settlers.
▪ Although it was evacuated in 1586, new settlers came later in the year, and were reinforced in 1587.
▪ Porter developed the Breckenridge Ski Area, luring new settlers to a land of white gold.
▪ There were no new settlers, no new buildings.
▪ Martin Fugate, the original settler, had been a rare carrier of the met-H gene.
▪ Pollock was the pathfinder, the original settler.
▪ He is part-aboriginal by nurture and white by nature; and the mixture shakes the white settlers to their roots.
▪ He concluded that the Seminoles had independently decided to go west because game was exhausted and white settlers were approaching their land.
▪ Smith presided over a white settler population of 240,000 that ruled a black population of 4.8 million.
▪ In every part of the continent white explorers and settlers observed the making and use of maps for indigenous purposes.
▪ Crop failure and famine killed the settlers.
Settlers found a plentiful supply of fruit and game in the nearby forests.
▪ Eddie's grandfather was one of the town's first settlers.
▪ Many of the earliest settlers here dies from disease and hunger.
▪ As the influx of settlers continued, the Nez Perce now stood alone.
▪ By the mid-1970s the conflict between the army, the Bengali settlers and the tribespeople was under way.
▪ He anticipated the motives of explorers, conquerors, and settlers for a couple of centuries to come.
▪ Sustainable development will depend on a more positive incorporation of women settlers.
▪ The settlers dispatched messengers to warn their comrades and seek help.
▪ The settlers, who view themselves as the vanguard before the camp, are here to make sure that they will be.
▪ The number of graves found in Upper Halling suggests that these were of settlers.
▪ Two months later, there was an inconclusive exchange of shots between a Nez Perce and one of the settlers.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Settler \Set"tler\, n.

  1. One who settles, becomes fixed, established, etc.

  2. Especially, one who establishes himself in a new region or a colony; a colonist; a planter; as, the first settlers of New England.

  3. That which settles or finishes; hence, a blow, etc., which settles or decides a contest. [Colloq.]

  4. A vessel, as a tub, in which something, as pulverized ore suspended in a liquid, is allowed to settle.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1590s, "a thing that settles" (a debate, etc.); agent noun from settle (v.). Meaning "a person who moves into a new country" is from 1690s.


n. 1 someone who settles in a new location, especially one who makes a previously uninhabited place his home 2 someone who decides something, such as a dispute 3 (context British English) the person in a betting shop who calculates the winnings 4 A drink which settles the stomach, especially a bitter drink, often a nightcap. 5 A vessel, such as a tub, in which something, such as pulverized ore suspended in a liquid, is allowed to settle. 6 (context colloquial English) That which settles or finishes, such as a blow that decides a contest.

  1. n. a person who settles in a new colony or moves into new country [syn: colonist]

  2. a negotiator who settles disputes

  3. a clerk in a betting shop who calculates the winnings


A settler is a person who has migrated to an area and established a permanent residence there, often to colonize the area. Settlers are generally from a sedentary culture, as opposed to nomads who share and rotate their settlements with little or no concept of individual land ownership. Settlements are often built on land already claimed or owned by another group. Many times settlers are backed by governments or large countries.

Settler (Asimov)

Settlers are fictional human colonists that replaced the earlier Spacer emigrants who were in dominance in the vague period between Isaac Asimov's Robot series near-future short stories (of the type collected in I, Robot) and novels.

Settler (disambiguation)

A settler is a person who has migrated from the land of his or her birth, or who takes up residence on land and cultivates it, as opposed to a nomad.

Settler or settlers may also refer to:

  • The Settlers (novel), a Swedish novel by Vilhelm Moberg
  • The Settlers, an American novel set in pre-state Israel, by Meyer Levin
  • The Settlers (band), a British folk band of the 1960s and early 70s
  • Settler (Asimov), the word used in the context of Isaac Asimov's Robots-Empire-Foundation series
  • The Settlers of Catan, a German board game commonly shortened to "Settlers"
  • The Settlers, a computer game series
    • The Settlers (video game), the first game in the series
  • Sporting Life SETTLER, an electronic betting calculator designed by Sinclair

Usage examples of "settler".

Up till now, to his own surprise, all three of his fellow absconders had acted as if he were still one of them, in equal peril from outsiders-or settlers, like the Meldrums-and therefore bent, as they were, on escape.

Perhaps the best view of all, however, is that after the early settlers of Eastern Polynesia were released from the conservative influence of Western Polynesian technology, they tanged some of their adzes and made other innovations in their artifacts.

Bob, on the previous evening, now rushed into the mind of Arabin, and he called the settler aside and informed him of it, and inquired if he thought his men would steal or conceal the horse.

These traditions may well betoken the dispersal of early settlers from the Hauraki area.

I see for Colonel Bogey perhaps the basic stores and tool pack which are given to a star-world settler joining a colony.

Swanee noticed the one they called Bowler at the far side of the courtyard from the musicians, talking to a group of six human settlers.

I was simply submitting arbitrarily selected insights as to the character and background of Centennial and its settlers, and I could depend upon the home office to polish whatever segments they might want to publish.

No wonder the cetacean settlers wanted nothing to do with the local humanity.

That of the Spanish settlers was entirely ineffectual, and has remained so down to the present day, when still the shattered remnants of the Lules, Lenguas, Mocobios, and the rest, roam on their horses or in their canoes about the Chaco and its rivers, having received no other benefits from contact with the European races but gunpowder and gin.

The weather having cleared, the settlers climbed the height above Granite House.

About this time the settlers cleared three acres of the plateau, and the rest was preserved in a wild state, for the benefit of the onagers.

Most of the people who walked the streets were either emancipists, ticket of leavers or active prisoners, and all felt they had just cause to resent authority and to keep some things secret from the free settlers whom they disliked almost as much.

Derian hoped Firekeeper could work out something that would enable Ewen and his settlers to come to terms with the Beasts.

Tedric to order Ewen Brooks and his settlers to leave the land west of the Iron Mountains, how Tedric had not only agreed to do so, but to issue a declaration making such settlements illegal.

New England shall have risen to its intended grandeur, it shall be as carefully recorded among the registers of the literati that Adams flourished in the second century after the exode of its first settlers from Great Britain, as it is now that Cicero was born in the six-hundred-and-forty-seventh year after the building of Rome.