Definition of colonial in English:

colonial

Line breaks: co¦lo|nial
Pronunciation: /kəˈləʊnɪəl
 
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adjective

1Relating to or characteristic of a colony or colonies: British colonial rule colonial expansion
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  • The chartered companies of northern Europe were eventually unable to keep up with the demands of colonial expansion, territorial rule, and provision of security.
  • The Commonwealth became the regional power, exercising colonial rule in Papua, then in New Guinea and in Nauru.
  • As colonial rule established itself and regions hitherto inaccessible became safe enough for plant collectors to travel in, many new bulb species found their way back to the nurseryman and then the gardener.
1.1Denoting a predominantly neoclassical style of architecture characteristic of the period of the British colonies in America before independence, featuring a modification of the Queen Anne style: beautiful colonial villages of New Hampshire a big, white, colonial church
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  • Although cities display colonial architecture, villages feature these more traditional dwellings.
  • American courts in the colonial period imported many features of the English legal system, including the doctrine of precedent.
  • More useful are his comparisons to British forest policy in colonial North America, although those could have been developed earlier in the introduction.
2(Of animals or plants) living in colonies: corals can be solitary or colonial
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  • This is consistent with certain biotic associations in modern colonial corals.
  • Plus, diving by other raptors is similar to that of kites in most respects, except other species are not colonial or as numerous as kites, nor are they as likely to nest on or near golf courses.
  • Raptors are territorial, but some species are colonial, a situation that may place males at a higher EPC risk.

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1A native or inhabitant of a colony: a rebellion by Dutch-speaking colonials
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  • Slaves weren't colonials, they were the property of colonials.
  • The borders were chosen by European colonials trying to parcel out territories; little consideration was given to the natural borders formed by the ethnic groups, which were then split by the new lines.
  • Cloud Atlas begins in the mid-19th Century on Chatham island near New Zealand where a peace-loving Moriori tribe faces extinction at the hands not only of exploitative colonials but also the rival Maori.
2A house built in colonial style: the house was a 1903 colonial
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  • Jake regarded the huge old style colonial with a wide sweeping front porch for a minute as the rest of the team was scrambling from the van.
  • Many of those homes in the Lakeview area were solid brick colonials, two-story homes.
  • It is a two-story square colonial with a double hip roof.

Derivatives

colonially

adverb
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  • In colonially nesting Razorbills, a seabird traditionally viewed as monogamous with biparental care, both sexes attend mating arenas to obtain extrapair copulations (EPCs).
  • At the present, local systems for the allocation of property, Islamic law, and colonially derived property rules (mostly affecting parcels in urban areas) coexist, but not without conflict, side by side.
  • The book's central characters begin to define themselves against a colonially defined and internalized isolation, fear, or even pride only with the support of others who also have experienced oppression.

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