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[kol-uh-nist] /ˈkɒl ə nɪst/
an inhabitant of a colony.
a member of a colonizing expedition.
(often initial capital letter) an inhabitant of the 13 British colonies that became the United States of America.
Origin of colonist
An Americanism dating back to 1695-1705; colon(y) + -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In a deity essentially Greek, a Phoenician colonist may discover something familiar, and claim an ancestral god.

  • I wish you would have it inserted in the Globe and colonist.

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
  • Having come to Port Royal less as a colonist than as a guest of Poutrincourt, he had no investment at stake.

  • The colonist thumps the Arab, the Arab the negro, and the Negro thumps the bourriquot.

    Tartarin de Tarascon Alphonse Daudet
  • The vast iron pot—desired and beloved of every colonist—sometimes weighed forty pounds, and lasted in daily use for many years.

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • Isaacson is a Martian colonist, you've probably guessed that already.

    Security Poul William Anderson
  • The death of the Prince Imperial was felt as a personal grief by every colonist.

  • His hands fluttered nervously, and he avoided the colonist's eyes.

    Image of the Gods Alan Edward Nourse
  • The colonist and his family heard with stupor the words of the intendant, and broke out into sobs and prayers.

  • But if the prisoner was injured, the colonist was not less so.

British Dictionary definitions for colonist


a person who settles or colonizes an area
an inhabitant or member of a colony
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for colonist

1701, "colonizer," from colony + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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