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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.
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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
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(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.]
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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"
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A. ADJcolonial
the colonial powerel poder colonizador
B. Ncolono m
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[kəˈləʊniəl] adj
[rule, economy] → colonial(e)
(US) [style, house] → colonial(e)
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adjKolonial-, kolonial; colonial architectureKolonialstil m; colonial typeTyp mdes Herrenmenschen (iro)
nBewohner(in) m(f)einer Kolonie/der Kolonien
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[kəˈləʊnɪəl] adjcoloniale; (architecture) → di stile coloniale
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(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
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References in classic literature ?
When my convivial host discovered that he had told me so much, and that I was prone to doubtfulness, his foolish pride assumed the task the old vintage had commenced, and so he unearthed written evidence in the form of musty manuscript, and dry official records of the British Colonial Office to support many of the salient features of his remarkable narrative.
Among those of his relations who professed the modern faith of heredity it was well understood that in him the character of the late Myron Bayne, a maternal great-grandfather, had revisited the glimpses of the moon--by which orb Bayne had in his lifetime been sufficiently affected to be a poet of no small Colonial distinction.
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.
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.
This body of soldiers had been evolved out of the old regular army and was now a million strong, to say nothing of the colonial forces.
Among them were journals and letters narrating expeditions by sea, and journeys to and fro across the Rocky Mountains by routes before untravelled, together with documents illustrative of savage and colonial life on the borders of the Pacific.
He was one of that small, and now all but extinguished, class, whose attachment to royalty, and to the colonial institutions and customs that were connected with it, had never yielded to the democratic heresies of after times.
Martyr, the Colonial Secretary, told him yesterday that it was made out.
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.
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.
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.
If he could go in the suite of some Colonial Governor!