settlement

[ set-l-muh nt ]
/ ˈsɛt l mənt /

noun

Origin of settlement

First recorded in 1620–30; settle1 + -ment

OTHER WORDS FROM settlement

non·set·tle·ment, nouno·ver·set·tle·ment, nounpre·set·tle·ment, nounre·set·tle·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for settlement houses

settlement
/ (ˈsɛtəlmənt) /

noun

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Cultural definitions for settlement houses

settlement houses

Social and cultural centers established by reformers in slum areas of American cities during the 1890s and the early 1900s. Jane Addams founded the most famous settlement house, in Chicago. (See Progressive movement.)

notes for settlement houses

Settlement houses attracted idealistic college graduates eager to learn how the poor lived and to improve the condition of the poor.
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