Definition of squatter in English:
1A person who unlawfully occupies an uninhabited building or unused land.
- Many Roma in Western Europe are squatters, occupying condemned buildings while trying to find more suitable accommodations.
- Disused and neglected, the hall was invaded by squatters who occupied the building until it was gutted by a fire in 2002, which killed five people.
- The Johannesburg council, however, plans to evict the squatters so that the building can be revamped as part of its inner city regeneration programme.
1.1North American & Australian/New Zealand historical A settler with no legal title to the land occupied, typically one on land not yet allocated by a government.
- The squatters settled in the flat part of the ravine, on top of the cemetery, but did not build a good city in terms of urban development.
- Every year the men used to ride out along the boundaries of the land owned by the towns just to make sure that they were intact; that none of it had been settled on by squatters or enclosed by the local lairds.
- These millions of folks, in effect squatters illegally occupying untitled land, cannot ever use their houses for collateral for loans or have any recourse to generate wealth.