Synonyms of 'colonist'
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An immigrant is a person who has come to live in a country from some other country. Compare emigrant.
an illegal immigrant
Pioneers are people who leave their own country or the place where they were living, and go and live in a place that has not been lived in before.
abandoned settlements of early European pioneers
Thesaurus for colonist from the Collins English Thesaurus
Colonists are the people who start a colony or the people who are among the first to live in a particular colony.