A settler is a person who moves to a new place with the intention to stay there. Colonial America was built by settlers who came mainly from England.

Settlers often think of themselves as being the first people to live in an area, although through history settlers moved to places already inhabited by native people. A settler's primary goal is to set up a home — claim land, build houses, and establish new towns with other settlers. The noun settler originally meant "thing that settles," though by the 1690s it was used to mean "person moving to a new country," from the Old English word setlan, "cause to place."

Primary Meanings of settler

a person who settles in a new colony or moves into new country
a negotiator who settles disputes
Full Definitions of settler

n a person who settles in a new colony or moves into new country

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John Endecott
born in England; in 1629 he became the founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (1588-1665)
Anne Hutchinson
American colonist (born in England) who was banished from Boston for her religious views (1591-1643)
Peter Minnewit
Dutch colonist who bought Manhattan from the Native Americans for the equivalent of $24 (1580-1638)
Miles Standish
English colonist in America; leader of the Pilgrims in the early days of the Plymouth Colony (1584-1656)
Roger Williams
English clergyman and colonist who was expelled from Massachusetts for criticizing Puritanism; he founded Providence in 1636 and obtained a royal charter for Rhode Island in 1663 (1603-1683)
Edward Winslow
English colonial administrator who traveled to America on the Mayflower and served as the first governor of the Plymouth Colony (1595-1655)
Daniel Boone
an American pioneer and guide and explorer (1734-1820)
James Bowie
United States pioneer and hero of the Texas revolt against Mexico; he shared command of the garrison that resisted the Mexican attack on the Alamo where he died (1796-1836)
Martha Jane Burke
United States frontierswoman and legendary figure of the Wild West noted for her marksmanship (1852-1903)
Christopher Carson
United States frontiersman who guided Fremont's expeditions in the 1840s and served as a Union general in the American Civil War (1809-1868)
Johnny Appleseed
United States pioneer who planted apple trees as he traveled (1774-1845)
David Crockett
United States frontiersman and Tennessee politician who died at the siege of the Alamo (1786-1836)
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Pilgrim, Pilgrim Father
one of the colonists from England who sailed to America on the Mayflower and founded the colony of Plymouth in New England in 1620
one the first colonists or settlers in a new territory
a settler or prospector (especially in western United States or northwest Canada and Alaska)
homesteader, nester, squatter
someone who settles lawfully on government land with the intent to acquire title to it
a dweller in the Australian bush country
backwoodsman, frontiersman, mountain man
a man who lives on the frontier
a woman who lives on the frontier
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migrant, migrator
traveler who moves from one region or country to another

n a negotiator who settles disputes

Type of:
negotiant, negotiator, treater
someone who negotiates (confers with others in order to reach a settlement)

n a clerk in a betting shop who calculates the winnings

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an employee who performs clerical work (e.g., keeps records or accounts)

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