colonia[kə lôn′yə; Sp kō̂ lō̂′nyä]
- in Mexico, a neighborhood, district, or suburb of a city
- in the southwestern U.S., a rural settlement or part of a city whose residents are mainly Mexican and Mexican-American
Origin of coloniaMexican Spanish
A shantytown inhabited mainly by speakers of Spanish and located in the United States near the border with Mexico.
Origin of coloniaAmerican Spanish, neighborhood, from Spanish, colony, from Latin colōnia; see Colony .