- of, concerning, or pertaining to a colony or colonies: the colonial policies of France.
- of, concerning, or pertaining to colonialism; colonialistic.
- (often initial capital letter) pertaining to the 13 British colonies that became the United States of America, or to their period.
- Ecology. forming a colony.
- (initial capital letter) Architecture, Furniture.
- noting or pertaining to the styles of architecture, ornament, and furnishings of the British colonies in America in the 17th and 18th centuries, mainly adapted to local materials and demands from prevailing English styles.
- noting or pertaining to various imitations of the work of American colonial artisans.
- an inhabitant of a colony.
- a house in or imitative of the Colonial style.
Origin of colonial
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Examples from the Web for colonial
During the colonial period the Punjabi Muslims formed the prized martial class for the British Raj.CIA Agents Assess: How Real Is ‘Homeland’?
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December 15, 2014
There were men dressed in colonial garb complete with knee-breeches and powdered wigs.New York’s Century-Old Time Capsule Is a Dud
October 8, 2014
In the eloquent words of colonial preacher John Winthrop, “When a man is to wade through deep water, there is required tallness.”For Short Men in 2014, The News Is Surprisingly Good
September 13, 2014
The British comedian has posted a web-exclusive video to celebrate what he calls 'the day of Colonial Aggression.'Viral Video of the Day: John Oliver Recaps Your 4th of July (NSFW)
July 7, 2014
In 1776 the United States was a small, colonial nation on the Atlantic coast of North America.P.J. O'Rourke: 27 Sensitive, Caring, Green, and Politically Committed Reasons to Ban July 4th
P. J. O’Rourke
July 3, 2014
It was a colonial mansion, sitting austerely back in a square yard.Meadow Grass
We have already glanced at various phases of colonial individualism.The American Mind
Fully 30,000 troops are said to have been gathered for the attack upon the Colonial troops.
Bitter wars have been fought in Europe for colonial 160 supremacy in other continents.Mountain Meditations
Apart from that, the new-chum is the incarnate comedy of colonial life.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
- of, characteristic of, relating to, possessing, or inhabiting a colony or colonies
- (often capital) characteristic of or relating to the 13 British colonies that became the United States of America (1776)
- (often capital) of or relating to the colonies of the British Empire
- denoting, relating to, or having the style of Neoclassical architecture used in the British colonies in America in the 17th and 18th centuries
- of or relating to the period of Australian history before Federation (1901)
- (of organisms such as corals and bryozoans) existing as a colony of polyps
- (of animals and plants) having become established in a community in a new environment
- a native of a colony
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Word Origin and History for colonial
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