from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, possessing, or inhabiting a colony or colonies.
  • adj. Of or relating to the 13 British colonies that became the original United States of America.
  • adj. Of or relating to the colonial period in the United States.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or being a style of architecture and furniture prevalent in the American colonies just before and during the Revolution.
  • adj. Living in, consisting of, or forming a colony: colonial organisms.
  • n. An inhabitant of a colony.
  • n. A house designed in an architectural style reminiscent of the one prevalent in the American colonies just before and during the Revolution.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of or pertaining to a colony.
  • adj. of or pertaining to a period when a country or territory was a colony.
  • adj. of or relating to the original Thirteen Colonies of the USA.
  • adj. of or relating to the style of architecture prevalent at about the time of the Revolution
  • n. A person from a country that is or was controlled by another.
  • n. A house that is built in a style reminiscent of the period of the colonization of New England.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a colony.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining or belonging to a colony: as, colonial government; colonial rights; specifically, in American history, relating to the thirteen British colonies which became the United States of America, or to their period. See colony.
  • In zoology, forming colonies; consisting of or living as colonies; not separate; aggregative; social: as, the colonial Anthozoa.
  • n. A member or citizen of a colony, especially of one of the British colonies in the eastern hemisphere.
  • n. plural Colonial products, securities, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a resident of a colony
  • adj. of or relating to or characteristic of or inhabiting a colony
  • adj. of animals who live in colonies, such as ants
  • adj. composed of many distinct individuals united to form a whole or colony


From colony +‎ -al (Wiktionary)


  • They saw the dismantling of colonial rule through peaceful negotiation, except in Vanuatu; by the 1990s, only France and the U.S. remained “colonial powers” in the Pacific.

    H. The Pacific Region, 1944-2000

  • First, the term colonial feminism carries a snide implication that this alleged brand of feminism somehow subjects women rather than frees them.


  • Therefore, the term colonial is offensive to those peoples who have been liberated from imperialist oppression.

    An Argonaut Ethos

  • [10] Seasoning was the term colonial Virginians used to refer to the sicknesses that affected new immigrants, black and white, to the colony, until they developed immunities.

    Letter from Robert Carter to Robert Jones, October 22, 1729

  • Even as his military was under siege, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi vowed to endure through a long war against what he called colonial crusader aggression by the international coalition.

    Gates: U.S. expects to hand off Libya lead in 'days'

  • A defiant Gaddafi repeated in a national address that he would arm civilians to defend Libya from what he called "colonial, crusader" aggression by western forces.

    Libya: Allied strikes sweep Libya as west intervenes in conflict

  • TUNIS Reuters - A defiant Muammar Gaddafi said on Saturday he will arm civilians to defend Libya from what he called "colonial, crusader" aggression by Western forces that have launched air strikes against him.

    Libya War: Gaddafi Vows To Arm Civilians To Defend Country

  • "Top of the list is the question of what we call the colonial debt," he said ahead of Nujoma's first state visit to South Africa from March 6 to 8.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • VICE PRESIDENT ALVARO GARCIA LINERA: [translated] I think this has to do with what we call the colonial condition of our societies.

    Democracy Now!

  • From his African heritage, from his country's turbulent history, from his own formal education in "colonial" schools, and from his vicissitudes in the confines of Robben Island, Mandela emerged a man with a singular vision.

    Nelson Mandela and the Rainbow of Culture


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