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.
- co·lo·ni·al·ly, adverb
- non·co·lo·ni·al, adjective, noun
- non·co·lo·ni·al·ly, adverb
- pro·co·lo·ni·al, adjective, noun
- sem·i·co·lo·ni·al, adjective
- sem·i·co·lo·ni·al·ly, adverb
- un·co·lo·ni·al, adjective
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How to use colonial in a sentence
During the colonial period the Punjabi Muslims formed the prized martial class for the British Raj.
There were men dressed in colonial garb complete with knee-breeches and powdered wigs.
Madison knew directly how colonial-era Anglicans had persecuted Baptists.
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 | Kevin Bleyer | September 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
That makes Israel one of the longest-standing colonial powers in modern history.Why I’m Against Hamas, Against What Israel Is Doing, and For Judaism | Sally Kohn | July 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As Spain, however, has fallen from the high place she once held, her colonial system has also gone down.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
colonial charters were, however, "undoubtedly no more than those of all corporations, which empower them to make bye-laws."The Eve of the Revolution | Carl Becker
On May 13, in a speech which charmed the House, Mr. Townshend opened his plan for settling the colonial question.The Eve of the Revolution | Carl Becker
Then it was agreed all men must be made to do so, and the colonial legislature was called upon to make them.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
As usual in Portuguese colonial towns, the church and convent are very conspicuous.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil | Maria Graham
British Dictionary definitions for colonial
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
- colonially, adverb
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