October 05, 2019
Learner's Word of the Day
colony /ˈkɑːləni/ noun

plural colonies

A colony of honey bees
A colony of honey bees
Learner's definition of COLONY


1 a: an area that is controlled by or belongs to a country and is usually far away from it

  • Massachusetts was one of the original 13 British colonies that later became the United States.

  • a former French colony in Africa

b: a group of people sent by a country to live in such a colony

  • a colony of settlers

2 : a group of plants or animals living or growing in one place

  • an ant colony

  • a colony of bacteria

3 : a group of people who are similar in some way and who live in a certain area

  • an artist colony

  • a leper colony

also : the land or buildings used by such a group

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