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/ ˈkɒlənɪz /

plural noun

  1. the subject territories formerly in the British Empire
  2. history the 13 states forming the original United States of America when they declared their independence (1776). These were Connecticut, North and South Carolina, Delaware, Georgia, New Hampshire, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and New Jersey

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Example Sentences

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.

It remains the receptive petri dish to any and all sorts of colonies of humanity that finally managed to find one another.

Leave it to one of America's oldest artist colonies to put a uniquely creative spin on this nautical holiday tradition.

Congress declared the authority of England over the thirteen colonies abolished.

Its culture in these kingdoms as well as by their colonies brought to the crown enormous revenues.

Their boasted successes, the crowding of colonies, schemes of settlement and development,—all were disagreeable and irritating.

They are all transported to the English colonies, where, at the expiration of ten years, they are supposed to be set at liberty.

The colonies claim, he said, "the privilege of all British subjects of being taxed only with their own consent."


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