Definition of colony
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 : a distinguishable localized population within a species a colony of termites bird colonies on the island
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 : 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
Massachusetts was one of the original 13 British colonies that later became the United States.
a former French colony in Africa
Recent Examples of colony from the Web
In perhaps the most patriotic display since the colonies declared their independence from Great Britain, the Kennedys hit the streets yesterday for a 4th of July parade on Cape Cod, not far from their family's legendary beachside compound.
But in Hungary, colonies near oilseed rape treated with clothianidin had, on average, 24% fewer workers the following spring.
Much had been made of the British handing over control of their colony to the Chinese, which for many marked the symbolic end of an empire and an era.
For the last several years, we’ve been warned that bee colonies are mysteriously disappearing, posing a serious threat to agriculture.
Hong Kong—a former British colony, now an autonomous territory within China—is a vibrant city of nearly 7.5 million residents, all packed into an area smaller than 425 square miles (1,100 sq km.)
Or maybe the show will go in another direction that offers even more tantalizing potential: Emily could be headed to the colonies.
As Tropical Storm Cindy moves into Alabama, bringing potential flooding to the state, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System is reminding residents to be wary of displaced, sometimes floating, fire ant colonies during and after flooding.
Beekeeping permits, however, will not be issued for a colony within 150 feet of any address where a resident has an allergy to bee stings documented by a licensed physician and registered with the village.
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COLONY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of colony for Students
1 : a distant territory belonging to or under the control of a nation
2 : a group of people sent out by a government to a new territory
3 : a group of living things of one kind living together a colony of ants
4 : a group of people with common qualities or interests located in close association an art colony
Medical Definition of colony
: a circumscribed mass of microorganisms usually growing in or on a solid medium
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