[kuh-loh-nee-uh, -lohn-yuh; Spanish kaw-law-nyah]
- (in the southwestern U.S.) a city neighborhood or a rural settlement inhabited predominantly by Mexicans or Mexican Americans.
Origin of colonia
< Mexican Spanish: newly built or settled district of a city; Spanish: plantation, colony
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Examples from the Web for colonias
The Embassy is some distance out, in one of the new "Colonias."Diplomatic Days
This is a model colonia; but all Cuban colonias are not models.
Some factories depend more largely upon the colonias, or small farms which supply the cane.
The highest municipal authority in the colonias or agricultural settlements on government lands in Argentina.