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[kuh-loh-nuh s]
noun, plural co·lo·ni [kuh-loh-nahy, -nee] /kəˈloʊ naɪ, -ni/.
  1. a serf in the latter period of the Roman Empire or in the early feudal period.
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Origin of colonus

1885–90; < Latin colōnus inhabitant of a colony, tenant-farmer, farmer, derivative of colere to inhabit, till, cultivate; cf. cult, cultivate
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Examples from the Web for colonus

Historical Examples

  • Here he first taught philosophy; afterwards in the Gardens of Colonus.

    Concord Days

    A. Bronson Alcott

  • The place to which they had come was in Attica, hear the city of Colonus.

    A Book of Golden Deeds

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • After touching the dead Jocasta and his two sons, he passes to exile and rest at Colonus.

  • A Chorus from Colonus comes to find out who the suppliant is.

  • He argued that the Roman name was Colonus, which readily was transformed to a Spanish equivalent.