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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. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • Isaacson is a Martian colonist, you've probably guessed that already.

    Security Poul William Anderson
  • His hands fluttered nervously, and he avoided the colonist's eyes.

    Image of the Gods Alan Edward Nourse
  • But if the prisoner was injured, the colonist was not less so.

  • This is no uncommon occurrence to the merchant or the colonist of tropical America.

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
  • I wish you would have it inserted in the Globe and colonist.

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
  • A Krooman of our party was killed, and a colonist severely wounded.

    Captain Canot Brantz Mayer
  • The colonist thumps the Arab, the Arab the negro, and the Negro thumps the bourriquot.

    Tartarin de Tarascon Alphonse Daudet
  • It may be asked why this neglect of a territory, which would seem so tempting to the colonist?

    Gaspar the Gaucho Mayne Reid
  • My father was a colonist, and these men were like brothers of his.

    The Relief of Mafeking

    Filson Young
  • The plantations—to work as a kind of white slave for some colonist far-away.

    Nic Revel George Manville Fenn
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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