settlement

[set-l-muh nt]

noun


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
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Examples from the Web for settlement

Contemporary Examples of settlement

Historical Examples of settlement

  • They had no children and this settlement assured them a peaceful old age.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • The draught of the settlement you may see whenever you will.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • He might begin to talk and maybe they could arrange a settlement.

    Dust

    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • The history of her first settlement at Liesse, in Picardy, is thus related.

  • As to the settlement of poor papa's affairs, my interest in that is not very selfish.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens


British Dictionary definitions for settlement

settlement

noun

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
law
  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
n.

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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