A settlement is a colony or any small community of people. If a bunch of people build houses on the moon together, they’ll have the first lunar settlement. A settlement is also the resolution of something such as a lawsuit.

One kind of settlement is a place where people live. This can be a community that's smaller than a town, like a village. Also, if one country establishes a colony somewhere else, that can be called a settlement. The other kind of settlement happens when something is settled, like the end of a disagreement. A lawsuit is ended if there's a settlement — both parties make an agreement that often involves money. A settlement brings closure and resolution.

Primary Meanings of settlement

the act of colonizing; the establishment of colonies
something settled or resolved; the outcome of decision making
Full Definitions of settlement

n the act of colonizing; the establishment of colonies

colonisation, colonization
the act of populating (causing to live in a place)
Type of:
constitution, establishment, formation, organisation, organization
the act of forming or establishing something

n a body of people who settle far from home but maintain ties with their homeland; inhabitants remain nationals of their home state but are not literally under the home state's system of government

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a former Dutch colony in South America; now a part of Guyana
Rock of Gibraltar
location of a colony of the United Kingdom on a limestone promontory at the southern tip of Spain; strategically important because it can control the entrance of ships into the Mediterranean; one of the Pillars of Hercules
Plymouth Colony
colony formed by the Pilgrims when they arrived at Plymouth Rock in 1620; it was absorbed into the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1691
New Amsterdam
a settlement established by the Dutch near the mouth of Hudson River and the southern end of Manhattan Island; annexed by the English in 1664 and renamed New York
frontier settlement, outpost
a settlement on the frontier of civilization
a newly established colony (especially in the colonization of North America)
proprietary colony
a colony given to a proprietor to govern (in 17th century)
Type of:
a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity

n a community of people smaller than a town

small town, village
a cooperative Israeli village or settlement comprised of small farms
Type of:
a group of people living in a particular local area

n an area where a group of families live together

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a village in southwestern England where cheddar cheese was first made
a village in southwestern Wales where the Sealyham terrier was first bred
El Alamein
a village to the west of Alexandria on the northern coast of Egypt; the scene of a decisive Allied victory over the Germans in 1942
a village in Palestine near the north end of the Dead Sea; in the Old Testament it was the first place taken by the Israelites under Joshua as they entered the Promised Land
a former village on the James River in Virginia to the north of Norfolk; site of the first permanent English settlement in America in 1607
a village in northeastern Virginia
a village in northeastern Virginia where battles were fought during the American Civil War
a historic village in southeastern Virginia to the north of Newport News; site of the last battle of the American Revolution
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hamlet, village
a settlement smaller than a town
campong, kampong
a native village in Malaysia
a village of huts for native Africans in southern Africa; usually surrounded by a stockade
a communal village built by Indians in the southwestern United States
Type of:
geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region
a demarcated area of the Earth

n something settled or resolved; the outcome of decision making

“they finally reached a settlement with the union”
closure, resolution
Type of:
deciding, decision making
the cognitive process of reaching a decision

n a conclusive resolution of a matter and disposition of it

Missouri Compromise
an agreement in 1820 between pro-slavery and anti-slavery factions in the United States concerning the extension of slavery into new territories
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a settlement of differences
a final settlement
out-of-court settlement
resolution of a dispute prior to the rendering of a final decision by the trial court
property settlement
(matrimonial law) the division of property owned or acquired by marriage partners during their marriage
accord and satisfaction
the settlement of a debt by paying less than the amount demanded in exchange for extinguishing the debt
modus vivendi
a temporary accommodation of a disagreement between parties pending a permanent settlement
an accommodation in which both sides make concessions
Type of:
agreement, understanding
the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises

n termination of a business operation by using its assets to discharge its liabilities

viatical settlement, viaticus settlement
sale of an insurance policy by a terminally ill policy holder
Type of:
conclusion, ending, termination
the act of ending something

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