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squatter Line breaks: squat|ter
Pronunciation: /ˈskwɒtə/

Definition of squatter in English:


1A person who unlawfully occupies an uninhabited building or unused land: the police moved in and evicted the squatters [as modifier]: a squatter camp
More example sentences
  • 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 /NZ historical A settler with no legal title to the land occupied, typically one on land not yet allocated by a government.
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  • 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.
2Australian /NZ A large-scale sheep or cattle farmer: [as modifier]: one of the wealthiest and most prominent squatter families of northern Victoria
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  • After sometimes months on the road, carefully herding the squatter's stock, the drover would ask for his cheque.
  • Even the squatter has a great deal of trouble to get hold of a good man as a shepherd or knockabout hand.
  • It revolves around re-creation of a 19th century grazing property, owned by a squatter and his wife, and all of the people who work on their selection.
2.1 historical A person occupying a tract of pastoral land as a tenant of the Crown.
Example sentences
  • From the 1850s it referred to small farmers settling on Crown lands occupied by squatters.
  • With little effective recourse, the Government reluctantly accepted the presence of the squatters and handed over Crown land for nominal lease and licence fees.
  • The previous Victorian act, the Land Tax Act 1877, was directed to lands owned by squatters, what were known as landed estates.

Words that rhyme with squatter

blotter, cotta, cottar, dotter, gotta, hotter, jotter, knotter, otter, pelota, plotter, potter, ricotta, rotter, spotter, terracotta, totter, trotter

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