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crown colony

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noun
  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.
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Origin of crown colony

First recorded in 1835–45
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British Dictionary definitions for crown colony

crown colony

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