squatter

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
squat•ter /ˈskwɑtɚ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  • a person or thing that squats.
    1. one who settles on land or lives on or in property without owning it and without payment of rent.
    2. one who settles on land under government regulation in order to get ownership rights some day.

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
    squat•ter  (skwotər),USA pronunciation n. 
    1. a person or thing that squats.
    2. Lawa person who settles on land or occupies property without title, right, or payment of rent.
    3. Lawa person who settles on land under government regulation, in order to acquire title.
    squatter•dom, n. 
    • squat + -er1 1775–85


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    squatter /ˈskwɒtə/ n
    1. a person who occupies property or land to which he has no legal title
    2. (in Australia) (formerly) a person who occupied a tract of land, esp pastoral land, as tenant of the Crown
    3. a farmer of sheep or cattle on a large scale
    4. (in New Zealand) a 19th-century settler who took up large acreage on a Crown lease



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