settlement

[ set-l-muh nt ]
/ ˈsɛt l mənt /

noun


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

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British Dictionary definitions for settlement

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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