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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who settles in a new region.
  • n. One who settles or decides something.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who settles, becomes fixed, established, etc.
  • n. Especially, one who establishes himself in a new region or a colony; a colonist; a planter.
  • n. That which settles or finishes; hence, a blow, etc., which settles or decides a contest.
  • n. A vessel, as a tub, in which something, as pulverized ore suspended in a liquid, is allowed to settle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who settles; particularly, one who fixes his residence in a new colony.
  • n. A separator; a tub, pan, vat, or tank in which a separation can be effected by settling.
  • n. That which seltles or decides anything definitely; that which gives a quietus: as, that argument was a settler; his last blow was a settler.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who settles in a new colony or moves into new country
  • n. a negotiator who settles disputes
  • n. a clerk in a betting shop who calculates the winnings


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  • Ah, yes, Milosrdenstvi--nothing like building roads to stock up on sheep and ore.

    December 21, 2009

  • If it is somewhere, say, like Catan.

    December 21, 2009

  • Would the settled agree?

    December 21, 2009

  • In America, I would say that settler has a generally positive connotation.

    December 21, 2009

  • As, indeed, the term "settler" is most usually employed in a pejorative sense, meaning one who is foreign and does not belong, my noun for a Jewish resident in Judea and Samaria, portions of the Jewish national homeland not under Israel's political sovereignty is "revenant", an adoption of the French revenir which means to return after a long absence. Oh, and a "settlement" is just but a "community", or a "town", a "village", a "city".

    December 21, 2009