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Definition of colony noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. colonies)
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  1. 1[countable] a country or an area that is governed by people from another, more powerful, country former British colonies the Declaration of Independence of the 13 colonies and the creation of the United States
  2. 2[singular] a group of people who go to live permanently in a colony
  3. 3[countable] a group of people from the same place or with the same work or interests who live in a particular city or country or who live together an artists' colony
  4. 4[countable] (biology) a group of plants or animals that live together or grow in the same place a colony of ants a bird colony
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