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Definition of overseas territory noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

overseas territory

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any of several small territories (mainly islands or groups of islands) which have a governor appointed by the British government. Examples include the Falkland Islands, Gibraltar and St Helena. Britain is responsible for their defence and some other aspects of their government, e.g. their police and Civil Service. British overseas territories were formerly known as dependent territories or Crown Colonies.

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