- any of the original settlers or founders of a colony
- an inhabitant of a colony
- William Bradford of the Plymouth Colony is an example of a founding American colonist.
- Those living in the New Zealand colony Tokelau are examples of colonists.
The definition of a colonist is someone who was an original settler in a colony or currently lives in a colony.
- An original settler or founder of a colony.
- An inhabitant of a colony.
- A person who is a founder of a colony.
- An original member of a colony.
colon(y) + -ist
- Nathan West (Morgan Weisser) is separated from his fiancee, who is training to become a colonist, to make room on the expedition for In-Vitro colonists.
- Over 70 years later, another sighting was reported in 1884 by a train crew in Victoria, British Columbia who spotted the animal and reported it to the Daily Colonist newspaper.
- His first ancestor in America may possibly have been Captain Isaac Maddyson, a colonist of 1623 mentioned by John Smith as an excellent Indian fighter.
- An industrious colonist could purchase a small farm on the estate and make himself independent in two years.
- Each colonist not only paid him a fixed rent, usually in kind, but had to share with him the increase of the stock and to have the grain ground at his mill.