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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  • The present political system is a hangover from the colonial era.
  • These old buildings are the last vestiges of a colonial past.
  • He still thinks Britain is a great colonial power.
  • These attitudes are a relic from our colonial past.

colonialnoun [ C ]

uk /kəˈləʊ.ni.əl/ us /kəˈloʊ.ni.əl/

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

"colonial" in American English

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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)