[ kuh-loh-nee-uhl ]
/ kəˈloʊ ni əl /
of, concerning, or pertaining to a colony or colonies: the colonial policies of France.
of, concerning, or pertaining to colonialism; colonialistic.
(often initial capital letter) pertaining to the 13 British colonies that became the United States of America, or to their period.
Ecology. forming a colony.
(initial capital letter)Architecture, Furniture.
- noting or pertaining to the styles of architecture, ornament, and furnishings of the British colonies in America in the 17th and 18th centuries, mainly adapted to local materials and demands from prevailing English styles.
- noting or pertaining to various imitations of the work of American colonial artisans.
an inhabitant of a colony.
a house in or imitative of the Colonial style.
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OTHER WORDS FROM colonial
co·lo·ni·al·ly, adverbnon·co·lo·ni·al, adjective, nounnon·co·lo·ni·al·ly, adverbpro·co·lo·ni·al, adjective, noun
sem·i·co·lo·ni·al, adjectivesem·i·co·lo·ni·al·ly, adverbun·co·lo·ni·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for colonial
/ (kəˈləʊnɪəl) /
of, characteristic of, relating to, possessing, or inhabiting a colony or colonies
(often capital) characteristic of or relating to the 13 British colonies that became the United States of America (1776)
(often capital) of or relating to the colonies of the British Empire
denoting, relating to, or having the style of Neoclassical architecture used in the British colonies in America in the 17th and 18th centuries
of or relating to the period of Australian history before Federation (1901)
(of organisms such as corals and bryozoans) existing as a colony of polyps
(of animals and plants) having become established in a community in a new environment
a native of a colony
Derived forms of colonialcolonially, adverb
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