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colonial

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adjective co·lo·nial \kə-ˈlō-nē-əl, -nyəl\

Definition of colonial

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or characteristic of a colony

  2. 2 often capitalized :  of or relating to the original 13 colonies forming the United States: such asa :  made or prevailing in America during the colonial period colonial architectureb :  adapted from or reminiscent of an American colonial mode of design colonial furniture

  3. 3 :  forming or existing in a colony colonial organisms

  4. 4 :  possessing or composed of colonies a colonial empire

colonialize

play \kə-ˈlō-nē-ə-ˌlīz, -nyə-ˌlīz\ transitive verb

colonially

adverb

colonialness

noun

Examples of colonial in a Sentence

  1. The country was a colonial power.

  2. a colonial nation and its colonial empire

  3. The book describes life in Colonial America.

  4. an example of colonial architecture

  5. The port had been very important in colonial times.

Recent Examples of colonial from the Web

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First Known Use of colonial

1768


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colonial

noun co·lo·nial

Definition of colonial

  1. 1 :  a member or inhabitant of a colony

  2. 2a :  a product (such as a coin or stamp) made for use in a colonyb :  a product exhibiting colonial style; especially, often capitalized :  a house built in the neoclassical style of the American colonial period

Examples of colonial in a Sentence

  1. They bought a Colonial on a quiet street.

  2. increasing tension between colonials and the mother country

Recent Examples of colonial from the Web

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First Known Use of colonial

1798


COLONIAL Defined for English Language Learners

colonial

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adjective

Definition of colonial for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to a colony

  • : owning or made up of colonies

  • : of or relating to the original 13 colonies forming the United States

colonial

noun

Definition of colonial for English Language Learners

  • : a two-story house built in a style that was first popular in the U.S. during the American colonial period (before 1776)

  • : a person who is part of a colony


COLONIAL Defined for Kids

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colonial

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adjective co·lo·nial \kə-ˈlō-nē-əl\

Definition of colonial for Students

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or characteristic of a colony

  2. 2 often cap :  of or relating to the original 13 colonies that formed the United States


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colonial

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noun co·lo·nial

Definition of colonial for Students

  1. :  a member of or a person living in a colony



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