Meaning of “colonial” in the English Dictionary

"colonial" in British English

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uk /kəˈləʊ.ni.əl/ us /kəˈloʊ.ni.əl/

[ 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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colonialnoun [ C ]

uk /kəˈləʊ.ni.əl/ us /kəˈloʊ.ni.əl/

a person from another country who lives in a colony, especially as part of its system of government

(Definition of “colonial” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /kəˈloʊ·ni·əl/

politics & government involving a period of political control by a more powerful country.

(Definition of “colonial” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)