Definition of colonialism
1 : the quality or state of being colonial
2 : something characteristic of a colony
3a : control by one power over a dependent area or people the colonialism of the British Empireb : a policy advocating or based on such control Colonialism was brought to an end in the country.
colonialistplay \-list\ noun or adjective
colonialisticplay \-ˌlō-nē-ə-ˈlis-tik, -nyə-ˈlis-\ adjective
Origin and Etymology of colonialism
First Known Use: 1864
COLONIALISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of colonialism for English Language Learners
: control by one country over another area and its people
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