[set-l-muh nt]


Nearby words

  1. settle on,
  2. settle someone's hash,
  3. settle up,
  4. settle with,
  5. settled,
  6. settlement house,
  7. settlement houses,
  8. settlement option,
  9. settlement worker,
  10. settler

Origin of settlement

First recorded in 1620–30; settle1 + -ment

Related formsnon·set·tle·ment, nouno·ver·set·tle·ment, nounpre·set·tle·ment, nounre·set·tle·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for settlement

British Dictionary definitions for settlement



the act or state of settling or being settled
the establishment of a new region; colonization
a place newly settled; colony
a collection of dwellings forming a community, esp on a frontier
a community formed by members of a group, esp of a religious sect
a public building used to provide educational and general welfare facilities for persons living in deprived areas
a subsidence of all or part of a structure
  1. the payment of an outstanding account, invoice, charge, etc
  2. (as modifier)settlement day
an adjustment or agreement reached in matters of finance, business, etc
  1. a conveyance, usually to trustees, of property to be enjoyed by several persons in succession
  2. the deed or other instrument conveying such property
  3. the determination of a dispute, etc, by mutual agreement without resorting to legal proceedings
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Word Origin and History for settlement



1620s, "act of fixing or steadying;" from settle (v.) + -ment. Meaning "a colony," especially a new one, "tract of country newly developed" is attested from 1690s; that of "small village on the frontier" is from 1827, American English. Sense of "payment of an account" is from 1729; legal sense "a settling of arrangements" (of divorce, property transfer, etc.) is from 1670s.

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