Definition of colonia
: an unincorporated settlement (as of Mexican-Americans or Mexicans) in the U.S. usually near the Mexican border that typically has poor services and squalid conditions
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Origin and Etymology of colonia
Mexican Spanish, suburb, from Spanish, colony, residential development, from Latin — more at colony
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