crown colony

noun, often capitalized both Cs

Definition of crown colony

: a British colony over which the Crown retains some control

Examples of crown colony in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1960, Britain ceded control of the crown colony of Cyprus., 16 Aug. 2020 Scholars today believe that the unsigned letter was likely written by John Allan, an influential merchant and politician in Nova Scotia—today, one of Canada’s Maritime Provinces, but then a crown colony. John Hanc, Smithsonian, 5 June 2017

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1828, in the meaning defined above

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“Crown colony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of crown colony

: a colony (such as Gibraltar or the Falkland Islands) that is under the control of the British government


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