Definitions

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

  • n. An original settler or founder of a colony.
  • n. An inhabitant of a colony.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who is a founder of a colony.
  • n. The original persons of a colony.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A member or inhabitant of a colony.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An inhabitant of a colony; a settler in a colony; a member of a colonizing expedition.
  • n. An animal or a plant found in a country or region in which it is not indigenous.

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

Etymologies

colon(y) +‎ -ist (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • My great+ grandfather was an Austin colonist and his son, my great+ uncle, was at San Jacinto.

    Coyote Blog » Blog Archive » Illegal Immigration and the Rule of Law

  • Radu Dracul, a colonist from the alien world Twilight, having chosen to leave his home and become a starship crew member, discovers he has abilities he never dreamed of.

    March 2010

  • The potential value of a grown-up colonist is supposed to be $300.

    Imperial Defence and Tariff Reform

  • The book takes the form of a memoir of Casseia Majumdar, a human inhabitant of Mars in the place of "inhabitant", I nearly wrote "colonist"--the main conflict of the novel lays in the difference between those two terms.

    Moving Mars

  • A colonist is the most beautiful crittur in natur to try experiments on, you ever see; for he is so simple and good-natured he don't know no better; and so weak, he couldn't help himself if he did.

    The Attaché; or, Sam Slick in England — Complete

  • He was not going to allow himself to be pushed onto anything foolish, whether this "colonist" could read his mind or not.

    Star Born

  • He was not going to allow himself to be pushed into anything foolish, whether this "colonist" could read his mind or not.

    Star Flight

  • During the days of the Stamp Act excitement, the term "colonist" gave way to "American," and "English" to "British," a term of the deeper opprobrium because Bute, the king's chief adviser, was a Briton.

    History of the United States, Volume 2 (of 6)

  • While a convict remains unmarried and kept to daily labour very little confidence can be placed in him, and his services are rendered with so much tardiness and dissatisfaction that they are of little or no value; but he no sooner marries and forms a small settlement than he becomes a kind of colonist, and if allowed to follow his inclinations he seldom feels inclined to return to his native country.

    Prisoners Their Own Warders A Record of the Convict Prison at Singapore in the Straits Settlements Established 1825

  • I must admit it was a surprise when Calcarus Regional Administration decided I should be one of only five space colonist to qualify for a month long surface trip.

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