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squatter

[ skwot-er ]
/ ˈskwɒt ər /
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Definition of squatter

noun
a person or thing that squats.
a person who settles on land or occupies property without title, right, or payment of rent.
a person who settles on land under government regulation, in order to acquire title.
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Origin of squatter

First recorded in 1775–85; squat + -er1

OTHER WORDS FROM squatter

squat·ter·dom, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for squatter

squatter
/ (ˈskwɒtə) /

noun
a person who occupies property or land to which he has no legal title
(in Australia)
  1. (formerly) a person who occupied a tract of land, esp pastoral land, as tenant of the Crown
  2. a farmer of sheep or cattle on a large scale
(in New Zealand) a 19th-century settler who took up large acreage on a Crown lease
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