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Definition of "settler" [set•tler]

  • One who settles in a new region. (noun)
  • One who settles or decides something. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "settler" in a sentence
  • "References to Hottentot servants in settler households document one path to survival. 42 Limited loan farm registration in frontier areas indicates another strategy for working within encroaching colonial economic structures."
  • "Belonging in settler society was not necessarily about being "white," or being descended only from Europeans, but rather about claiming relationships in kin networks, which could be accomplished by marriage."
  • "Subordinated women — slaves, freed slaves, or Khoisan — with European husbands, whether church sanctioned or common-law, could live as settler wives. 28 Their children were often included, unremarked upon, in settler family networks. 29"