noun, plural col·o·nies.
Origin of colony
Synonyms for colony
Related Words for colonyprovince, territory, outpost, protectorate, possession, satellite, swarm, clearing, dependency, dominion, mandate, offshoot, settlement, antecedents
Examples from the Web for colony
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of colony
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.
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.