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Definitions of settler

  1. a person who settles in a new colony or moves into new country
  2. a negotiator who settles disputes
  3. a clerk in a betting shop who calculates the winnings
  4. A colonist.
  5. Especially, one who establishes himself in a new region or a colony; a colonist; a planter; as, the first settlers of New England.
  6. That which settles or finishes; hence, a blow, etc., which settles or decides a contest.
  7. A vessel, as a tub, in which something, as pulverized ore suspended in a liquid, is allowed to settle.
  8. Setting.
  9. One who settles: a colonist.
  10. One who settles; colonist.
  11. One who settles in a colony; something finally decisive.
  12. One who inhabits a new country; a colonist.

Usage examples for settler

  1. They finally killed small game and after many adventures reached the home of a settler forty long days later. – Legends of the Skyline Drive and the Great Valley of Virginia by Carrie Hunter Willis Etta Belle Walker
  2. Does it sound very much to you like a region where the settler would ultimately drive out the fur trade? – The Canadian Commonwealth by Agnes C. Laut
  3. A hundred years ago, before the valley of the Mississippi, or even the rich plains of Central and Western New York, were opened to the white settler, the value of land was relatively much greater in New England than it is at present, and consequently some rural improvements were then worth making, which would not now yield sufficient returns to tempt the investment of capital. – The Earth as Modified by Human Action by George P. Marsh
  4. Often the new settler brought considerable flour and salt pork with him, in his journey to the West; but it was not at first easy to get a fresh supply. – Stories of the Badger State by Reuben Gold Thwaites
  5. On our road up the country we met with the greatest hospitality from every settler, whose establishment the caravan passed. – Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration Australia Twice Traversed. The Romance Of Exploration, Being A Narrative Compiled From The Journals Of Five Exploring Expeditions Into And Through Central South Australia, And Western Australia, From 1 by Ernest Giles
  6. Came from Paris to Acadia, 1604; mentioned there in 1610, and again in 1613- 1614. Returned to France, and in 1617 came to Quebec, becoming the first permanent settler in New France. – The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History by Various
  7. The land laws should be liberal in type, so as to hold out inducements to the actual settler whom we most desire to see take possession of the country. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  8. The appearance of Alfred Clarke, despite the fact that he wore the regulation hunting garb, indicated a young man to whom the hard work and privation of the settler were unaccustomed things. – Betty Zane by Zane Grey
  9. John Russell, that had the ribbons afore him, appointed a settler as a member of Legislative Council to Prince Edward's Island, a berth that has no pay, that takes a feller three months a year from home, and has a horrid sight to do; and what do you think he did? – The Attache or, Sam Slick in England, Complete by Thomas Chandler Haliburton
  10. Some years ago, when the Hudson Bay Company owned all the cattle in Oregon, they would not sell on any conditions; but they would lend their cows to the settler- he returning to the company the cows loaned, with all the increase; and, in case of the death of a cow, he then had the privilege of paying for it. – Dr. John McLoughlin, the Father of Oregon by Frederick Van Voorhies Holman
  11. Now eight miles from their cave was the cabin of a settler. – Darrel of the Blessed Isles by Irving Bacheller
  12. This was in 1851, when the law had been passed giving half a section of land to every settler, and half another section for his wife, if he had one." – Two Years in Oregon by Wallis Nash
  13. His principles would delight a European settler in Africa. – Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3) An Historical Sketch by Charles Eliot
  14. How about the settler, the man seeking a home out West? – The Young Forester by Zane Grey
  15. It happens now and then that two who have answered to the last roster in the icy darkness do not awaken when the lingering dawn breaks across the great white waste, and only the coyote knows their resting- place, but the watch and ward is kept, and the lonely settler dwells as safe in the wilderness as he would in an English town. – Winston of the Prairie by Harold Bindloss
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