[ kol-uh-nee ]
/ ˈkɒl ə ni /

noun, plural col·o·nies.

Origin of colony

1350–1400; Middle English colonie (< Middle French) < Latin colōnia, equivalent to colōn(us) colonus + -ia -y3


sem·i·col·o·ny, noun, plural sem·i·col·o·nies. sub·col·o·ny, noun, plural sub·col·o·nies.

Definition for colony (2 of 2)

[ kol-uh-nee ]
/ ˈkɒl ə ni /


The, a city in NE Texas.

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British Dictionary definitions for colony

/ (ˈkɒlənɪ) /

noun plural -nies

a body of people who settle in a country distant from their homeland but maintain ties with it
the community formed by such settlers
a subject territory occupied by a settlement from the ruling state
  1. a community of people who form a national, racial, or cultural minorityan artists' colony; the American colony in London
  2. the area itself
  1. a group of the same type of animal or plant living or growing together, esp in large numbers
  2. an interconnected group of polyps of a colonial organism
bacteriol a group of bacteria, fungi, etc, derived from one or a few spores, esp when grown on a culture medium

Word Origin for colony

C16: from Latin colōnia, from colere to cultivate, inhabit

Medical definitions for colony

[ kŏlə-nē ]


A discrete group of organisms, such as a group of cells growing on a solid nutrient surface.

Scientific definitions for colony

[ kŏlə-nē ]

A group of the same kind of animals, plants, or one-celled organisms living or growing together. Organisms live in colonies for their mutual benefit, and especially their protection. Multicellular organisms may have evolved out of colonies of unicellular organisms.