noun, plural col·o·nies.
Origin of colony
Definition for colony (2 of 2)
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.
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.
Hong Kong is a British colony, so really got influenced by European culture.
The wretched remnant of the colony was overjoyed at this decision.The Birth of the Nation|Mrs. Roger A. Pryor
Before long the condemned men were released, some without conditions and others were banished from the Colony.Every Day Life in the Massachusetts Bay Colony|George Francis Dow
However, the annual cost of keeping up the colony does not amount to above 5000.Narrative of the Circumnavigation of the Globe by the Austrian Frigate Novara, Volume III|Karl Ritter von Scherzer
The total number of flowing bores in the colony was given as 440, with a yield of water of nearly 266½ million gallons a day.Our First Half-Century|Government of Queensland
Later the town was called simply Plymouth, while the colony took the name of New Plymouth.England in America, 1580-1652|Lyon Gardiner Tyler
British Dictionary definitions for colony
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
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.