Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “colony”

colony

noun [C] uk   /ˈkɒl.ə.ni/ us    /ˈkɑː.lə-/

colony noun [C] (GROUP)

a country or area controlled politically by a more powerful country that is often far away: Australia and New Zealand are former British colonies. a group of people who live in a colony a group of people with a shared interest or job who live together in a way that is separate from other people: an artists' colony a nudist colony specialized biology a group of animals, insects, or plants of the same type that live together: a colony of ants/termites/bacteria

colony noun [C] (HOUSES)

Indian English an area surrounded by fences or walls that contains a group of houses, for example houses that have been built by an employer for its workers
(Definition of colony from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of colony?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “colony”

Definitions of “colony” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

initial

of or at the beginning

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More