Definitions for: Squatter


[n] someone who settles on land without right or title
[n] someone who settles lawfully on government land with the intent to acquire title to to it



Webster (1913) Definition: Squat"ter, n.
1. One who squats; specifically, one who settles unlawfully
upon land without a title. In the United States and
Australia the term is sometimes applied also to a person
who settles lawfully upon government land under permission
and restrictions, before acquiring title.

In such a tract, squatters and trespassers were
tolerated to an extent now unknown. --Macaulay.

2. (Zo["o]l.) See Squat snipe, under Squat.

Squatter sovereignty, the right claimed by the squatters,
or actual residents, of a Territory of the United States
to make their own laws. [Local, U.S.] --Bartlett.

Synonyms: homesteader, nester

See Also: colonist, interloper, intruder, settler, trespasser

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