belt + -er; see -er (“inhabitant”).
Belter (plural Belters)
- (science fiction) An inhabitant of an asteroid belt, especially that between Mars and Jupiter.
1966 February, Niven, Larry, “The Warriors”, in If, volume 16, number 2 (#99 overall), page 152:
- You noticed a habit of mine once. I never make gestures. All Belters have that trait. It's because on a small mining ship you could hit something waving your arms around.
2015 December 22, Steven Strait as Jim Holden, Remembering the Cant (The Expanse), season 1, episode 3:
- Earth and Mars have been stepping on the necks of the Belters out here for over 100 years and I didn't want to be the boot.