Meaning of “colonist” in the English Dictionary

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"colonist" in British English

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colonistnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɒl.ə.nist/ us /ˈkɑː.lə.nist/


  • Mars One, a private Dutch company, proposes to set up a colony on Mars by 2023, sending in new ships of four colonists every two years.
  • Most of the colonists had to leave the island.
  • The colonists did not want to pay the tax, so they decided to become free from Britain.

(Definition of “colonist” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"colonist" in American English

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colonistnoun [ C ]

us /ˈkɑl·ə·nɪst/

politics & government a person living in a country or area controlled politically by a more powerful country:

He arrived in Maryland with the first American colonists in 1634.

(Definition of “colonist” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)