Colony definition

kŏlə-nē
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The British colonies that became the original 13 states of the United States.
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(bacteriology) A group of cells that are derived from a single initial cell, growing separately on a solid culture medium.
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A territory distant from the state having jurisdiction or control over it.
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A territory thus settled.
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A collective noun for rabbits.
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A group of the same kind of animals, plants, or one-celled organisms living or growing together. Organisms live in colonies for their mutual benefit, and especially their protection. Multicellular organisms may have evolved out of colonies of unicellular organisms.
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A group of emigrants or their descendants who settle in a distant territory but remain subject to or closely associated with the parent country.
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A visible growth of microorganisms, usually in a solid or semisolid nutrient medium.
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A group of people with the same interests or ethnic origin concentrated in a particular area.

The American colony in Paris.

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The area occupied by such a group.
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(biol.) A group of similar plants or animals living or growing together.
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(zool.) A compound organism consisting of several to many incompletely separated individuals, as in corals and hydroids.
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A group of people who settle in a distant land but remain under the political jurisdiction of their native land.
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The region thus settled.
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A community of people of the same nationality or pursuits concentrated in a particular district or place.

The Hungarian colony of Cleveland, an artists' colony.

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Such a district or place.
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A settlement of emigrants who move to a new place, but remain culturally tied to their original place of origin.
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Region or governmental unit created by another country and generally ruled by another country.
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A group of people with the same interests or ethnic origin concentrated in a particular geographic area.
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A group of organisms of same or different species living together in close association.
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The definition of a colony is a group of people who create a settlement in a distant land but remain under the governmental control of their native country or a group of similar animals that live together.

An example of a colony was Massachusetts under British rule during the 17th and 18th centuries.

An example of a colony is a group of ants.

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A group of the same kind of animals, plants, or one-celled organisms living or growing together.
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A region politically controlled by a distant country; a dependency.
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The thirteen British colonies in North America that won their independence in the Revolutionary War and became the U.S.: they were Va., N.Y., Mass., Conn., R.I., N.H., Md., N.J., N.C., S.C., Pa., Del., and Ga.
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A group of the same kind of animals, plants, or one-celled organisms living or growing together.
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A group of people who have been institutionalized in a relatively remote area.

An island penal colony.

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A visible growth of microorganisms, usually in a solid or semisolid nutrient medium.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
colony
Plural:
colonies

Origin of colony

  • Middle English colonie from Latin colōnia from colōnus settler from colere to cultivate kwel-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin colōnia (“colony”), from colōnus (“farmer; colonist”), from colō (“till, cultivate, worship”), from earlier *quelō, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷel- (“to move; to turn (around)”).

    From Wiktionary