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
References to Hottentot servants in settler households document one path to survival. 42 Limited loan farm registration in frontier areas indicates another strategy for working within encroaching colonial economic structures.
Belonging in settler society was not necessarily about being "white," or being descended only from Europeans, but rather about claiming relationships in kin networks, which could be accomplished by marriage.
Subordinated women — slaves, freed slaves, or Khoisan — with European husbands, whether church sanctioned or common-law, could live as settler wives. 28 Their children were often included, unremarked upon, in settler family networks. 29
To date the role of the NGK in settler society and in colonizing the Cape has received little attention from historians.
Antoinetta Campher's story and family tree are another example of a slave's descendants making space for themselves in settler society.
The loan farm system enabled continuity in settler land claims.
Both Basson and Bergh became prominent landowners; their many children married across the ranks of settler society — wealth and status evidently outweighed race to determine belonging in settler society at the end of the seventeenth century. 30
This process was contested violently; Khoisan resisted displacement, the appropriation of their livestock and hunting grounds, involuntary servitude in settler households, and subordination in colonial society.
How many generations of these undisturbed forest trees grew and decayed before being seen by the first settler is a matter of pure speculation; how this primeval forest appeared to the hardy pioneers who cleared it from the sites of our present homes, must be to us a subject for interesting reflections.
How many generations of these undisturbed forest trees grew and decayed before being seen by the first settler is a matter of pure speculation; how this primeval forest appeared to the hardy pioneers who cleared it from the sites of our present homes, must be to us a subject for interesting reflections. (p. 2)