settlement

[ set-l-muh nt ]
/ ˈsɛt l mənt /

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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settlement

/ (ˈsɛtəlmənt) /

noun

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Word Origin and History for settlement

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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