in·​ter·​co·​lo·​nial ˌin-tər-kə-ˈlō-nē-əl How to pronounce intercolonial (audio)
variants or less commonly inter-colonial
: occurring or existing between two or more colonies
intercolonial trade/travel
nearly resulted in bringing about an intercolonial war between Pennsylvania and Virginia.Theodore Roosevelt
: of, relating to, or constituting a group or association having members in two or more colonies
The actions of this intercolonial legislature would be subject to the veto of the British governmentHenry W. Bragdon et al.

Examples of intercolonial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In fact, the battle over the Declaration of Independence was an epic tale of secession threats, fears of intercolonial bloodshed, and furtive politics engineered to rescue the Middle states from tragically falling into civil war against New England and the Southern states. Time, 3 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of intercolonial was in 1843

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Cite this Entry

“Intercolonial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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