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noun (plural colonies)
1a country or area under the full or partial political control of another country, typically a distant one, and occupied by settlers from that country. a group of people living in colony, consisting of the original settlers and their descendants and successors.
) all the foreign countries or areas formerly under British political control.
2a group of people of one nationality or ethnic group living in a foreign city or country:the British colony in New York a place where a group of people with similar interests live together:an artists' colony 3 Biology a community of animals or plants of one kind living close together or forming a physically connected structure:a colony of seals a group of fungi or bacteria grown from a single spore or cell on a culture medium.