- legal residence in a specific place.
- (of a pauper) the right to claim food and shelter from an official agency or specific town or district.
Examples from the Web for settlement
The president came to believe Shamir misled him on the settlement issue, or flat-out lied to him.The Inside Story of U.S. Meddling in Israel’s Elections|Aaron David Miller|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Jonathan Moore, who secured the $1.7 million settlement in the Stewart case, is representing them.Before Eric Garner, There Was Michael Stewart: The Tragic Story of the Real-Life Radio Raheem|Marlow Stern|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The city of Cleveland recently reached a $3 million settlement with the Russell and Williams families.The Cleveland Cops Who Fired 137 Shots and Cried Victim|Michael Daly|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A year later, the suit ended in a settlement, the details of which remain confidential.
This meant that Palestinian taxi drivers had to drive through the Israeli settlement of Bet El.
His fort was destroyed, his men were killed, his settlement was a failure.The True Story of Christopher Columbus|Elbridge S. Brooks
The group of houses is Eleusis, now an Albanian settlement, and the chimneys belong to a factory where olive-oil soap is made.The Near East|Robert Hichens
By these two treaties all the lands east of Fort Snelling were opened to settlement and commercial exploitation.Old Fort Snelling|Marcus L. Hansen
The settlement of affairs should immediately be brought to a climax.The Swedish-Norwegian Union Crisis|Karl Nordlund
As a result of a rash blow, the Maggugan's territory is invaded and his settlement is surrounded.The Manbos of Mindano|John M. Garvan
British Dictionary definitions for settlement
- the payment of an outstanding account, invoice, charge, etc
- (as modifier)settlement day
- a conveyance, usually to trustees, of property to be enjoyed by several persons in succession
- the deed or other instrument conveying such property
- the determination of a dispute, etc, by mutual agreement without resorting to legal proceedings
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.