[ pohst-kuh-loh-nee-uh l ]
/ ˌpoʊst kəˈloʊ ni əl /


of or relating to the period following a state of colonialism.

Origin of postcolonial

First recorded in 1930–35; post- + colonial Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for post-colonial

  • Surely it thematizes globalization and post-colonial cultural collisions, with a nod to neoconcrete anthropophagy?

    Mona Lisa of the Coffee Shop|Blake Gopnik|February 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
  • But in the post-colonial world, the struggle between communism and anti-communism rarely had much to do with freedom.

    Scooped|Peter Beinart|June 1, 2012|DAILY BEAST
  • Gilbert Stuart is usually considered the finest American painter of the post-Colonial period.

British Dictionary definitions for post-colonial



existing or occurring since a colony gained independencepost-colonial Nigeria
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