noun, plural col·o·nies.
Origin of colony
Examples from the Web for colonies
Cricket is a sport enjoyed by hundreds of millions around the globe, mainly in former British colonies.
Dr. John Morgan, perhaps the best-trained physician in the colonies, was then the leader.
The laws carried over to the American colonies, and would ultimately go on the books in 40 U.S. states.Are You Legally Responsible for Your Elderly Parents?|Keli Goff|April 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It remains the receptive petri dish to any and all sorts of colonies of humanity that finally managed to find one another.Five Subreddits You May Have Missed, and Probably Still Should Give a Miss|Kelly Williams Brown|April 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Instead, the two colonies were joined in a confederation, with separate legislatures.What Canada's History Teaches Us About the Feasibility of the One-State Paradigm|Bernard Avishai|September 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Frontenac defines his position and raises a note of alarm in his very first despatch to the minister for the colonies.Count Frontenac|William Dawson LeSueur
Upon this question the deputies of several cities and colonies were heard.
For this time Pitt's political wisdom had saved England from a disastrous breach with her colonies.A History of England, Period III.|Rev. J. Franck Bright
After the loss of most of the American colonies the new department was abolished in 1782.
Even in the British colonies the victorious efficiency of the German commercial conquerors was making itself felt more and more.Right Above Race|Otto Hermann Kahn
British Dictionary definitions for colonies (1 of 2)
pl n the Colonies
British Dictionary definitions for colonies (2 of 2)
noun plural -nies
- a community of people who form a national, racial, or cultural minorityan artists' colony; the American colony in London
- the area itself
- a group of the same type of animal or plant living or growing together, esp in large numbers
- an interconnected group of polyps of a colonial organism
Word Origin for colony
Word Origin and History for colonies
late 14c., "ancient Roman settlement outside Italy," from Latin colonia "settled land, farm, landed estate," from colonus "husbandman, tenant farmer, settler in new land," from colere "to inhabit, cultivate, frequent, practice, tend, guard, respect," from PIE root *kwel- "move around" (source of Latin -cola "inhabitant;" see cycle (n.)). Also used by the Romans to translate Greek apoikia "people from home." Modern application dates from 1540s.