Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who settles in a new region, especially a region that has few occupants or that is occupied by people of a different ethnic or religious group.
  • noun One who settles or decides something.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who settles; particularly, one who fixes his residence in a new colony.
  • noun A separator; a tub, pan, vat, or tank in which a separation can be effected by settling.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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to settle + -er

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  • 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

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

    December 21, 2009

  • Would the settled agree?

    December 21, 2009

  • If it is somewhere, say, like Catan.

    December 21, 2009

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

    December 21, 2009