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
Rich in history, there is also a natural side to the Rock—gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and bay views beyond compare.
More than 12 species of tropical spiders live in colonies and hunt together, Leticia Avilés, an evolutionary biologist at the University of British Columbia, says by email.
There’s no lobster on the tour, but her statement is an example of how food can help tell the history of place, particularly one that's gone through dramatic transition—from Danish slave colony to tourist hotspot.
On Earth, the United Arab Emirates boasts the tallest building, the largest artificial island and the biggest shopping mall, which includes an indoor ski resort and a colony of penguins.
Two months later, the Second Continental Congress representing the 13 colonies tasked George Washington to be commander of the Continental Army.
In 1790, Rhode Island became the 13th original colony to ratify the United States Constitution.
Beehives at hotels increase the overall bee population in the area and can play a major role in combating colony collapse.
But there are other types of intelligence in the world — for instance, the intelligence of ant colonies — that are alien to humanity.
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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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