noun, plural col·o·nies.
Origin of colony
Synonyms for colony
Related Words for coloniesprovince, territory, outpost, protectorate, possession, satellite, swarm, clearing, dependency, dominion, mandate, offshoot, settlement, antecedents
Examples from the Web for colonies
Contemporary Examples of colonies
Cricket is a sport enjoyed by hundreds of millions around the globe, mainly in former British colonies.The Story of the World’s Greatest Cricket Player
December 24, 2014
Dr. John Morgan, perhaps the best-trained physician in the colonies, was then the leader.George Washington, the First Vaxxer
October 5, 2014
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?
April 26, 2014
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
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
September 24, 2013
Historical Examples of colonies
And to that old French province the Englishman of the colonies must go to find his country!Old News
The fate of their colonies will be fought in Europe, not here.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
As for furs and leather and lumber, no other town in the colonies compared with Albany.In the Valley
He laboured to ameliorate the condition of the native Indians in the American colonies.
And when the men were not wanted for India, they were shipped off to the planters in the American colonies.
pl n the Colonies
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
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.