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[kuh-loh-nee-uh, -lohn-yuh; Spanish kaw-law-nyah]
noun, plural co·lo·ni·as [kuh-loh-nee-uh z, -lohn-yuh z; Spanish kaw-law-nyahs] /kəˈloʊ ni əz, -ˈloʊn yəz; Spanish kɔˈlɔ nyɑs/.
  1. (in the southwestern U.S.) a city neighborhood or a rural settlement inhabited predominantly by Mexicans or Mexican Americans.
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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

Historical Examples of colonias

  • The Embassy is some distance out, in one of the new "Colonias."

    Diplomatic Days

    Edith O'Shaughnessy

  • This is a model colonia; but all Cuban colonias are not models.

    Industrial Cuba

    Robert P. Porter

  • Some factories depend more largely upon the colonias, or small farms which supply the cane.

    Industrial Cuba

    Robert P. Porter

  • The highest municipal authority in the colonias or agricultural settlements on government lands in Argentina.