colony

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noun col·o·ny \ˈkä-lə-nē\

Definition of colony

plural

colonies

  1. 1a :  a body of people living in a new territory but retaining ties with the parent state a colony of settlersb :  the territory inhabited by such a body the 13 British colonies in America

  2. 2 :  a distinguishable localized population within a species a colony of termites bird colonies on the island

  3. 3a :  a circumscribed mass of microorganisms usually growing in or on a solid medium colonies of bacteriab :  the aggregation of zooids of a compound animal coral colonies

  4. 4a :  a group of individuals or things with common characteristics or interests situated in close association an artist colony a nudist colonyb :  the section occupied by such a group

  5. 5 :  a group of persons institutionalized away from others a leper colony a penal colony; also :  the land or buildings occupied by such a group

Examples of colony in a sentence

  1. Massachusetts was one of the original 13 British colonies that later became the United States.

  2. a former French colony in Africa

Origin and Etymology of colony

Middle English colonie, from Medieval French & Latin; Medieval French, from Latin colonia, from colonus farmer, colonist, from colere to cultivate — more at wheel


First Known Use: 14th century



COLONY Defined for English Language Learners

colony

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noun col·o·ny \ˈkä-lə-nē\

Definition of colony for English Language Learners

  • : an area that is controlled by or belongs to a country and is usually far away from it

  • : a group of people sent by a country to live in such a colony

  • : a group of plants or animals living or growing in one place


COLONY Defined for Kids

colony

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noun col·o·ny \ˈkä-lə-nē\

Definition of colony for Students

plural

colonies

  1. 1 :  a distant territory belonging to or under the control of a nation

  2. 2 :  a group of people sent out by a government to a new territory

  3. 3 :  a group of living things of one kind living together a colony of ants

  4. 4 :  a group of people with common qualities or interests located in close association an art colony


Medical Dictionary

colony

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noun col·o·ny \ˈkäl-ə-nē\

Medical Definition of colony

plural

colonies

  1. :  a circumscribed mass of microorganisms usually growing in or on a solid medium



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