[set-ler, -l-er]
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Origin of settler

First recorded in 1590–1600; settle1 + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a person who settles in a new country or a colony
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Word Origin and History for settler

1590s, "a thing that settles" (a debate, etc.); agent noun from settle (v.). Meaning "a person who moves into a new country" is from 1690s.

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