crown colony

noun, often capitalized both Cs

Definition of crown colony

: a British colony over which the Crown retains some control

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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, "When Nova Scotia Almost Joined the American Revolution," 5 June 2017

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First Known Use of crown colony

1828, in the meaning defined above

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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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