crown colony

  1. a British colony in which the crown has the entire control of legislation and administration, as distinguished from one having a constitution and representative government.

Origin of crown colony

First recorded in 1835–45

Words Nearby crown colony Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use crown colony in a sentence

  • Virginia thus became the first royal or crown colony in England's history.

  • They now form a crown colony which has a Governor and other officers appointed by the Government.

  • He was the model Governor of a crown colony, and the Crown rewarded him for his services.

    The Book of the Bush | George Dunderdale
  • Edward Cornwallis was installed as governor, and the usual form of crown colony government established.

    The Colonization of North America | Herbert Eugene Bolton
  • In 1867 these settlements were converted into a crown colony under the name of the Straits Settlements.

    A Visit to Java | W. Basil Worsfold

British Dictionary definitions for crown colony

crown colony

  1. a British colony whose administration and legislature is controlled by the Crown

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