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[set-ler, -l-er] /ˈsɛt lər, -l ər/
a person or thing that settles.
a person who settles in a new country or area.
1590-1600; settle1 + -er1 Unabridged
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  • Those theoretical days were long past by the time explorers and settlers crossed the desert.
  • Then after the first wave of conquerors come the second wave made up of settlers.
  • The country when opened will be a healthy abode for white settlers.
  • Tells about promotion of the area and about several droughts which discouraged settlers.
  • The freeze has been applied patchily, but settlers and their backers are hailing its end as a moment of triumph.
  • His critics say they are half-hearted, too, because ideologically the prime minister sympathises with the settlers.
  • Critics allege that settlers are plucked from cities to which they migrated and end up worse off.
  • The plentiful supply of land once available to settlers moving west is one example.
  • Even after the fertile ground had been snapped up, the settlers still kept coming.
  • Before long the first settlers move in and start to look for ways to make a quick buck.
British Dictionary definitions for settlers


a person who settles in a new country or a colony
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for settlers



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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