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[kol-uh-nist] /ˈkɒl ə nɪst/
an inhabitant of a colony.
a member of a colonizing expedition.
(often initial capital letter) an inhabitant of the 13 British colonies that became the United States of America.
1695-1705, Americanism; colon(y) + -ist Unabridged
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Examples for colonists
  • As far as supplying the colonists goes, within a couple of years they could be self sufficient.
  • Early explorers and colonists didn't have the option of turning back.
  • colonists wrote home about them and foreign visitors noted apple pie as one of our first culinary specialties.
  • When he finally made the voyage back across the ocean, his fellow colonists had disappeared.
  • Its builders were wealthy colonists who wanted the house to reflect their status.
  • But sadly they chose to become more racist than the colonists ever were.
  • Historians have long thought that one of the hurdles the colonists faced was a lack of financial and material support.
  • Archaeologists discovered the slate among other objects thrown into the well by the colonists.
  • These colonists didn't necessarily come from mum either.
  • And useful, too: radiation from the solar wind may be a problem for future lunar colonists.
British Dictionary definitions for colonists


a person who settles or colonizes an area
an inhabitant or member of a colony
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for colonists
1701, "colonizer," from colony.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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