What does settlement mean?

Definitions for settlement
ˈsɛt l məntset·tle·ment

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage 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.


  1. settlement

    A settlement refers to a place where people establish a community to live and work. These types of community can range from a small village to a large city. In legal terms, a settlement can also refer to an act of resolving or reaching an agreement in a dispute or lawsuit. It can also involve payment or other actions that fulfill the terms of a contract or an obligation.

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. Sek Wannamethee:

    The foreign ministry was not aware about the third country settlement, thailand will continue to work closely with our international partners including the UNHCR toward a more systematic screening mechanism to help make these decisions more efficient with a clear guideline for relevant agencies.

  2. John Kerry:

    The president believes that mil-to-mil conversation is an important next step and hopefully will take place very shortly and help to define some of the different options available to us as we consider next steps in Syria, our focus remains on destroying ISIL (Islamic State militants) and also on a political settlement with respect to Syria, which we believe cannot be achieved with the long-term presence of (President Bashar al-) Assad.

  3. Peter Romer-Friedman:

    Equal rights must be the guiding principle for online advertising and recruiting, this settlement takes away digital tools that advertisers can use to deny equal opportunity. We will continue our efforts to hold employers accountable for using Facebook's platform to discriminate.

  4. President Michael Schill:

    In approving this settlement, it is my hope that we focus our attention and considerable expertise on making our campus one on which all students will feel secure in the knowledge that they will be free from sexual violence.

  5. Kamala Harris:

    This settlement provides meaningful relief to victims( and) brings greater transparency to Comcast's privacy practices.

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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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