[ kol-uh-nist ]
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  1. an inhabitant of a colony.

  2. a member of a colonizing expedition.

  1. (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

Words Nearby colonist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use colonist in a sentence

  • One powerful colonist alone refused to obey: Mem de Sa ordered his house to be surrounded and instantly levelled with the ground.

  • For the merman turned and caught at Dalgard, pulling the larger colonist along a step or two with the urgency of his grip.

    Star Born | Andre Norton
  • If these mermen had not seen a colonist before, he might resemble Those Others in their eyes.

    Star Born | Andre Norton
  • About the other's narrow hips was slung a belt from which hung pouches and tools the primitive colonist could not evaluate.

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

    Star Born | Andre Norton

British Dictionary definitions for colonist


/ (ˈkɒlənɪst) /

  1. a person who settles or colonizes an area

  2. an inhabitant or member of a colony

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