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colonial

adjective uk   /kəˈləʊ.ni.əl/  us   /-ˈloʊ-/
[before noun] relating to a colony or colonialism: Turkey was once an important colonial power. Various parts of Africa have suffered under colonial rule. a colonial mentality Colonial furniture or buildings are in the style of a period when a country was a colony: colonial architecture colonial-style houses
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colonial

noun [C] uk   /kəˈləʊ.ni.əl/  us   /-ˈloʊ-/
a person from another country who lives in a colony, especially as part of its system of government
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