Definition of colony
- a colony of settlers
- the 13 British colonies in America
- a colony of termites
- bird colonies on the island
- colonies of bacteria
- an artist colony
- a nudist colony
- a leper colony
- a penal colony
Massachusetts was one of the original 13 British colonies that later became the United States.
a former French colony in Africa
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: 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
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to grant as a privilege or special favor
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