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crown colony

n.
A British colony in which the government in London has some control of legislation, usually administered by an appointed governor.

crown colony

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a British colony whose administration and legislature is controlled by the Crown

crown′ col′ony


n.
a British colony in which the crown controls legislation and administration, as distinguished from one having a constitution and representative government.
[1835–45]
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Noun1.Crown Colony - a British colony controlled by the British Crown, represented by a governor
dependency, colony - a geographical area politically controlled by a distant country
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'I think the term "colony" so far as our countries are concerned, ought to cease', he announced at the 1907 Colonial Conference, 'and that those of us who are not at present known as Dominions or Commonwealth, should be known as States of the Empire or some other expressive word, so as to make a distinction between the Crown colonies and the self-governing Dependencies'.