colonial

[kuh-loh-nee-uh l]

adjective

noun

an inhabitant of a colony.
a house in or imitative of the Colonial style.

Nearby words

  1. colonalgia,
  2. colonel,
  3. colonel blimp,
  4. colonelcy,
  5. colonia,
  6. colonial animal,
  7. colonial experience,
  8. colonial goose,
  9. colonial heights,
  10. colonial siding

Origin of colonial

An Americanism dating back to 1770–80; colony + -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for colonial

colonial

adjective

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

noun

a native of a colony
Derived Formscolonially, adverb

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Word Origin and History for colonial

colonial

adj.

1756, from Latin colonia (see colony) + -al (1), or directly from colony on model of baronoinal. Meaning "from or characteristic of America during colonial times" is from 1776. The noun meaning "inhabitant of a colony" is recorded from 1865.

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