charter colony

noun American History.
  1. a colony, as Virginia, Massachusetts, Connecticut, or Rhode Island, chartered to an individual, trading company, etc., by the British crown.Compare royal colony(def 2).

Origin of charter colony

First recorded in 1760–70
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British Dictionary definitions for charter colony

charter colony

noun
  1. US history a colony, such as Virginia or Massachusetts, created by royal charter under the control of an individual, trading company, etc, and exempt from interference by the Crown
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