Definitions for colonyˈkɒl ə ni

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

col•o•nyˈkɒl ə ni(n.)(pl.)-nies.

  1. a group of people who leave their native country to form in a new land a settlement subject to, or connected with, the parent nation.

    Category: Government

  2. the country or district so settled.

    Category: Government

  3. any people or territory separated from but subject to a ruling power.

    Category: Government

  4. the Colonies, those British colonies that formed the original 13 states of the United States.

    Category: American History

  5. a group of individuals having the same national origin or similar interests, occupations, etc., living in a particular locality:

    a colony of artists.

  6. a group of people forced to live isolated from society, as because of disease or criminal behavior.

  7. the place or dwellings inhabited by such a group.

  8. an aggregation of bacteria growing together as the descendants of a single cell.

    Category: Microbiology

  9. a group of organisms of the same kind living or growing in close association.

    Category: Ecology

Origin of colony:

1350–1400; ME colonie (< MF) < L colōnia <colōn(us) farmer <colere to inhabit, cultivate

Princeton's WordNet

  1. colony, settlement(noun)

    a body of people who settle far from home but maintain ties with their homeland; inhabitants remain nationals of their home state but are not literally under the home state's system of government

    "the American colony in Paris"

  2. colony(noun)

    a group of organisms of the same type living or growing together

  3. Colony(noun)

    one of the 13 British colonies that formed the original states of the United States

  4. colony(noun)

    a place where a group of people with the same interest or occupation are concentrated

    "a nudist colony"; "an artists' colony"

  5. colony, dependency(noun)

    a geographical area politically controlled by a distant country

  6. colony(noun)

    (microbiology) a group of organisms grown from a single parent cell

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. colony(noun)ˈkɒl ə ni

    a country controlled by another country

    a former British colony

  2. colonyˈkɒl ə ni

    a group of people with common interests living together

    a colony of writers

  3. colonyˈkɒl ə ni

    a group of animals living together

    a colony of ants/bees

Wiktionary

  1. colony(Noun)

    A settlement of emigrants who move to a new place, but remain culturally tied to their original place

  2. colony(Noun)

    Region or governmental unit created by another country and generally ruled by another country.

  3. colony(Noun)

    A group of people with the same interests or ethnic origin concentrated in a particular geographic area

  4. colony(Noun)

    A group of organisms of same or different species living together in close association.

  5. colony(Noun)

    A collective noun for rabbits.

  6. Origin: From colonia, from colonus, from colo, from earlier *, from kʷel-.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Colony(noun)

    a company of people transplanted from their mother country to a remote province or country, and remaining subject to the jurisdiction of the parent state; as, the British colonies in America

  2. Colony(noun)

    the district or country colonized; a settlement

  3. Colony(noun)

    a company of persons from the same country sojourning in a foreign city or land; as, the American colony in Paris

  4. Colony(noun)

    a number of animals or plants living or growing together, beyond their usual range

Freebase

  1. Colony

    In politics and history, a colony is a territory under the immediate political control of a state. For colonies in antiquity, city-states would often found their own colonies. Some colonies were historically countries, while others were territories without definite statehood from their inception. The metropolitan state is the state that owns the colony. In Ancient Greece, the city that founded a colony was called the metropolis. Mother country is a reference to the metropolitan state from the point of view of citizens who live in its colony. There is a United Nations list of Non-Self-Governing Territories. Unlike a puppet state or satellite state, a colony has no independent international representation, and its top-level administration is under direct control of the metropolitan state. The term informal colony is used by some historians to refer to a country under the de facto control of another state, although this term is often contentious.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'colony' in Nouns Frequency: #1770


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

colony(noun)

(a group of people who form) a settlement in one country etc which is under the rule of another country

France used to have many colonies in Africa.

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