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
When the disease-related deaths of millions of Indigenous people in the Americas led to labor shortages that jeopardized the colonial project, Spaniards imported nearly 200,000 people from West Africa to all parts of the colony.The problem of environmental racism in Mexico today is rooted in history | Jayson Porter | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
Efforts by the British Empire to conduct a smallpox vaccination program in India made less progress, due in large part to mistrust by the locals of the colonial government.Smallpox used to kill millions of people every year. Here’s how humans beat it. | Kelsey Piper | February 5, 2021 | Vox
Sometimes they protected colonial interests in the West Indies with governors of Caribbean islands paying them to attack Spanish treasure ships.The Buccaneers embody Tampa’s love of pirates. Is that a problem? | Jamie Goodall | February 5, 2021 | Washington Post
Indigenous geographer Deondre Smiles, a postdoctoral scholar at Ohio State, recently warned about the dangers of bringing a colonial mentality to exploring space in an article in the journal Society & Space.
Railways in Nigeria dates back to the 19th century when the first railroad was constructed in 1898 under British colonial rule before the modern country was created in 1914.Nigeria’s ambitious Chinese-built rail project is keen to avoid a familiar problem | Paul Adepoju | January 19, 2021 | Quartz
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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