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1. Of, relating to, possessing, or inhabiting a colony or colonies.
2. often Colonial
a. Of or relating to the 13 British colonies that became the original United States of America.
b. Of or relating to the colonial period in the United States.
3. often Colonial Of, relating to, or being a style of architecture and furniture prevalent in the American colonies just before and during the Revolution.
4. Living in, consisting of, or forming a colony: colonial organisms.
1. An inhabitant of a colony.
2. A house designed in an architectural style reminiscent of the one prevalent in the American colonies just before and during the Revolution.

co·lo′ni·al·ly adv.


1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) of, characteristic of, relating to, possessing, or inhabiting a colony or colonies
2. (Historical Terms) (often capital) characteristic of or relating to the 13 British colonies that became the United States of America (1776)
3. (Historical Terms) (often capital) of or relating to the colonies of the British Empire
4. (Architecture) denoting, relating to, or having the style of Neoclassical architecture used in the British colonies in America in the 17th and 18th centuries
5. (Historical Terms) of or relating to the period of Australian history before Federation (1901)
6. (Zoology) (of organisms such as corals and bryozoans) existing as a colony of polyps
7. (Biology) (of animals and plants) having become established in a community in a new environment
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a native of a colony
coˈlonially adv


(kəˈloʊ ni əl)

1. of or pertaining to a colony or colonies.
2. (often cap.) of or pertaining to the 13 British colonies that became the United States of America, or to their period.
3. (of an animal)
a. having a way of life that requires being part of a community of its own kind: Penguins are colonial birds.
b. being a partly attached life form.
4. (cap.) of, pertaining to, or imitative of the styles of architecture, ornament, and furnishings of the British colonies in America in the 17th and 18th centuries.
5. an inhabitant of a colony.
6. a house in or imitative of the Colonial style.
[1770–80, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.colonial - a resident of a colony
colony, settlement - a body of people who settle far from home but maintain ties with their homeland; inhabitants remain nationals of their home state but are not literally under the home state's system of government; "the American colony in Paris"
occupant, occupier, resident - someone who lives at a particular place for a prolonged period or who was born there
Adj.1.colonial - of or relating to or characteristic of or inhabiting a colony
2.colonial - of animals who live in colonies, such as ants
3.colonial - composed of many distinct individuals united to form a whole or colony; "coral is a colonial organism"
zoological science, zoology - the branch of biology that studies animals
complex - complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts; "a complex set of variations based on a simple folk melody"; "a complex mass of diverse laws and customs"


A. ADJcolonial
the colonial powerel poder colonizador
B. Ncolono m


[kəˈləʊniəl] adj
[rule, economy] → colonial(e)
(US) [style, house] → colonial(e)


adjKolonial-, kolonial; colonial architectureKolonialstil m; colonial typeTyp mdes Herrenmenschen (iro)
nBewohner(in) m(f)einer Kolonie/der Kolonien


[kəˈləʊnɪəl] adjcoloniale; (architecture) → di stile coloniale


(ˈkoləni) plural ˈcolonies noun
1. (a group of people who form) a settlement in one country etc which is under the rule of another country. France used to have many colonies in Africa.
2. a group of people having the same interests, living close together. a colony of artists.
3. a collection of animals, birds etc, of one type, living together. a colony of gulls.
coˈlonial (-ˈlou-) adjective
Britain was formerly a colonial power.
coˈlonialism noun
coˈlonialist noun
and adjective.
ˈcolonize, ˈcolonise verb
to establish a colony in (a place). The English colonized New England in 1620.
ˈcolonist noun
ˌcoloniˈzation, ˌcoloniˈsation noun
References in classic literature ?
It was a feature peculiar to the colonial wars of North America, that the toils and dangers of the wilderness were to be encountered before the adverse hosts could meet.
A colonial mansion, a hereditary estate, I would say a haunted house, and reach the height of romantic felicity--but that would be asking too much of fate!
Hester Prynne went one day to the mansion of Governor Bellingham, with a pair of gloves which she had fringed and embroidered to his order, and which were to be worn on some great occasion of state; for, though the chances of a popular election had caused this former ruler to descend a step or two from the highest rank, he still held an honourable and influential place among the colonial magistracy.
Until the whale fishery rounded Cape Horn, no commerce but colonial, scarcely any intercourse but colonial, was carried on between Europe and the long line of the opulent Spanish provinces on the Pacific coast.
Labour, I believe, is sometimes difficult to obtain in that portion of our colonial possessions where it will be our lot to combat with the teeming soil.
To those new states whom we welcome to the ranks of the free: we pledge our word that one form of colonial control shall not have passed away merely to be replaced by a far more iron tyranny.
They were the productions of different minds and of adverse passions; one, ascending for the foundation of human government to the laws of nature and of God, written upon the heart of man; the other, resting upon the basis of human institutions, and prescriptive law, and colonial charter.
The States within the limits of whose colonial governments they were comprised have claimed them as their property, the others have contended that the rights of the crown in this article devolved upon the Union; especially as to all that part of the Western territory which, either by actual possession, or through the submission of the Indian proprietors, was subjected to the jurisdiction of the king of Great Britain, till it was relinquished in the treaty of peace.
The first is, that the federal legislature will possess a part only of that supreme legislative authority which is vested completely in the British Parliament; and which, with a few exceptions, was exercised by the colonial assemblies and the Irish legislature.
Years before he had been a painter of some standing in a colony, and portraits signed 'Van Tromp' had celebrated the greatness of colonial governors and judges.
The Shipping and Mercantile Gazette, the Lloyd's List, the Packet-Boat, and the Maritime and Colonial Review, all papers devoted to insurance companies which threatened to raise their rates of premium, were unanimous on this point.
The king's mandate to stay the New England persecutors was effectual in preventing further martyrdoms; but the colonial authorities, trusting in the remoteness of their situation, and perhaps in the supposed instability of the royal government, shortly renewed their severities in all other respects.