What does settlement mean?

Definitions for settlement
ˈsɛt l məntset·tle·ment

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word settlement.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. colony, settlementnoun

    a body of people who settle far from home but maintain ties with their homeland; inhabitants remain nationals of their home state but are not literally under the home state's system of government

    "the American colony in Paris"

  2. village, small town, settlementnoun

    a community of people smaller than a town

  3. settlementnoun

    a conclusive resolution of a matter and disposition of it

  4. colonization, colonisation, settlementnoun

    the act of colonizing; the establishment of colonies

    "the British colonization of America"

  5. settlement, resolution, closurenoun

    something settled or resolved; the outcome of decision making

    "they finally reached a settlement with the union"; "they never did achieve a final resolution of their differences"; "he needed to grieve before he could achieve a sense of closure"

  6. settlementnoun

    an area where a group of families live together

  7. liquidation, settlementnoun

    termination of a business operation by using its assets to discharge its liabilities


  1. settlementnoun

    The state of being settled.

  2. settlementnoun

    A colony that is newly established; a place or region newly settled.

  3. settlementnoun

    A community of people living together, such as a hamlet, village, town, or city.

  4. settlementnoun

    The gradual sinking of a building. Fractures or dislocations caused by settlement.

  5. settlementnoun

    The delivery of goods by the seller and payment for them by the buyer, under a previously agreed trade or transaction or contract entered into.

  6. settlementnoun

    A disposition of property, or the act of granting it.

  7. settlementnoun

    A settled place of abode; residence; a right growing out of legal residence.

  8. settlementnoun

    A resolution of a dispute.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Settlementnoun

    Etymology: from settle.

    My flocks, my fields, my woods, my pastures take,
    With settlement as good as law can make. Dryden.

    Strephon sigh’d so loud and strong,
    He blew a settlement along;
    And bravely drove his rivals down
    With coach and six, and house in town. Jonathan Swift.

    Fullers earth left a thick settlement. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    Every man living has a design in his head upon wealth, power, or settlement in the world. Roger L'Estrange.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Settlementnoun

    the act of setting, or the state of being settled

  2. Settlementnoun

    establishment in life, in business, condition, etc.; ordination or installation as pastor

  3. Settlementnoun

    the act of peopling, or state of being peopled; act of planting, as a colony; colonization; occupation by settlers; as, the settlement of a new country

  4. Settlementnoun

    the act or process of adjusting or determining; composure of doubts or differences; pacification; liquidation of accounts; arrangement; adjustment; as, settlement of a controversy, of accounts, etc

  5. Settlementnoun

    bestowal, or giving possession, under legal sanction; the act of giving or conferring anything in a formal and permanent manner

  6. Settlementnoun

    a disposition of property for the benefit of some person or persons, usually through the medium of trustees, and for the benefit of a wife, children, or other relatives; jointure granted to a wife, or the act of granting it

  7. Settlementnoun

    that which settles, or is settled, established, or fixed

  8. Settlementnoun

    matter that subsides; settlings; sediment; lees; dregs

  9. Settlementnoun

    a colony newly established; a place or region newly settled; as, settlement in the West

  10. Settlementnoun

    that which is bestowed formally and permanently; the sum secured to a person; especially, a jointure made to a woman at her marriage; also, in the United States, a sum of money or other property formerly granted to a pastor in additional to his salary

  11. Settlementnoun

    the gradual sinking of a building, whether by the yielding of the ground under the foundation, or by the compression of the joints or the material

  12. Settlementnoun

    fractures or dislocations caused by settlement

  13. Settlementnoun

    a settled place of abode; residence; a right growing out of residence; legal residence or establishment of a person in a particular parish or town, which entitles him to maintenance if a pauper, and subjects the parish or town to his support


  1. Settlement

    In law, a settlement is a resolution between disputing parties about a legal case, reached either before or after court action begins. The term "settlement" also has other meanings in the context of law. Structured settlements provide for a periodic payment.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'settlement' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2692

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'settlement' in Written Corpus Frequency: #885

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'settlement' in Nouns Frequency: #790

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of settlement in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of settlement in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of settlement in a Sentence

  1. Imran Khan:

    I think the longer the U.S. troops stay there, the less the chance of there being a political settlement, i think the Afghans, you know, if the U.S. even gives a timetable of withdrawal, and then gets the Afghans on the table, and then with the neighbors also chipping in, I think that is the best chance of peace.

  2. Amit Shadman:

    Farmhouses during this period served as small settlements of sorts, whose inhabitants participated in processing agricultural produce, the numerous winepresses discovered in the vicinity of the settlement indicate the wine industry was the most important branch of agriculture in the region.

  3. Kathy Madison:

    We are pleased to have reached this settlement and believe it is a positive result that benefits American homeowners and the US housing industry.

  4. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko:

    Ukraine is sure that a diplomatic settlement is the only option in the east.

  5. Associated Press:

    They can't prove there are any settlement proceeds.

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  • مستوطنة, مستعمرةArabic
  • assentamentCatalan, Valencian
  • osadaCzech
  • Regelung, Ansiedlung, Niederlassung, Vergleich, Erledigung, Siedlung, Kolonie, RegulierungGerman
  • οικισμός, μεταγραφή, καθίζηση, αποικισμός, συμφωνία, διευθέτηση, τακτοποίηση, διακανονισμός, εξόφληση, εκχώρηση, εκκαθάρισηGreek
  • loĝlokoEsperanto
  • asentamiento, poblado, acuerdoSpanish
  • solution, arrangement, agglomération, acte de propriété, colonie, règlementFrench
  • lonnaíochtIrish
  • התנחלותHebrew
  • településHungarian
  • insediamentoItalian
  • 解決, 前哨地, 定住, 入植, 決済, 植民地Japanese
  • ConlocationemLatin
  • penyelesaian, penempatanMalay
  • nederzettingDutch
  • osada, zasiedzenie, uregulowanie, ugoda, osiedle, porozumienie, osiadanie, rozliczenie, zapisanie, spłaceniePolish
  • povoação, liquidação, assentamentoPortuguese
  • колония, удовлетворение, урегулирование, решение, поселениеRussian
  • poravnavaSlovene
  • koloni, förlikningSwedish
  • తర్వాతTelugu
  • การตั้งถิ่นฐานThai
  • giải quyếtVietnamese

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