- a group of people who leave their native country to form in a new land a settlement subject to, or connected with, the parent nation.
- the country or district settled or colonized: Many Western nations are former European colonies.
- any people or territory separated from but subject to a ruling power.
- the Colonies, those British colonies that formed the original 13 states of the United States: New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.
- a number of people coming from the same country, or speaking the same language, residing in a foreign country or city, or a particular section of it; enclave: the Polish colony in Israel; the American colony in Paris.
- any group of individuals having similar interests, occupations, etc., usually living in a particular locality; community: a colony of artists.
- the district, quarter, or dwellings inhabited by any such number or group: The Greek island is now an artists' colony.
- an aggregation of bacteria growing together as the descendants of a single cell.
- Ecology. a group of organisms of the same kind living or growing in close association.
Origin of colony
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- The, a city in NE Texas.
Examples from the Web for colony
He was born in the country, which was a British colony called Northern Rhodesia at the time, but his parents were not.Democratic Africa Gets Its First White Leader
October 29, 2014
I still think of America,” she once told an interviewer, “as a colony of Europe.
And by the way, if we really are just a colony of Europe, where did the rock and roll she professed to love so much come from?
For over a century, Hong Kong was a colony of the British Empire.Hackers Attack Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Websites
June 18, 2014
Hong Kong is a British colony, so really got influenced by European culture.Why Won’t Hong Kong Get Down With Hip-Hop?
June 10, 2014
Since they came to this colony they had been fed and clothed, and no one would take any money.
What the colony looked for was, that every man who went into the Council would do his duty.
We hastened on, and to our delight found one of the best springs in the colony.
This was his way of saying that he had more labor to get through than any other man in the Colony.In the Valley
Adjoining the latter was a colony of quiet and inoffensive Beavers.
- a body of people who settle in a country distant from their homeland but maintain ties with it
- the community formed by such settlers
- a subject territory occupied by a settlement from the ruling state
- 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
- bacteriol a group of bacteria, fungi, etc, derived from one or a few spores, esp when grown on a culture medium
Word Origin and History 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.
- A discrete group of organisms, such as a group of cells growing on a solid nutrient surface.
- A group of the same kind of animals, plants, or one-celled organisms living or growing together. Organisms live in colonies for their mutual benefit, and especially their protection. Multicellular organisms may have evolved out of colonies of unicellular organisms.