- 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
- a community of people who form a national, racial, or cultural minority: an artists' colony, the American colony in London
- the area itself
- a group of the same type of animal or plant living or growing together, esp in large numbers
- a group of bacteria, fungi, etc, derived from one or a few spores, esp when grown on a culture medium
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- Governmenta group of people who leave their native country to form a settlement in a new land that is to be connected with the parent nation:The colony was poor and suffered greatly.
- Governmentthe country or district so settled:Virginia was one of the first of the English colonies.
- American Historythe Colonies, the British colonies that formed the original 13 states of the United States.
- a group of individuals coming from the same country or having the same interests, living in a particular place:the American colony in Paris.
- a group of people forced to live apart from society, because of disease or criminal behavior:a leper colony; a penal colony.
- Ecologya group of organisms of the same kind in the same area.
- Governmenta group of people who leave their native country to form in a new land a settlement subject to, or connected with, the parent nation.
- Governmentthe country or district settled or colonized:Many Western nations are former European colonies.
- Governmentany people or territory separated from but subject to a ruling power.
- American Historythe Colonies, those British colonies that formed the original 13 states of the United States: New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.
- a number of people coming from the same country, or speaking the same language, residing in a foreign country or city, or a particular section of it;
enclave:the Polish colony in Israel; the American colony in Paris.
- any group of individuals having similar interests, occupations, etc., usually living in a particular locality;
community:a colony of artists.
- the district, quarter, or dwellings inhabited by any such number or group:The Greek island is now an artists' colony.
- Microbiologyan aggregation of bacteria growing together as the descendants of a single cell.
- Ecologya group of organisms of the same kind living or growing in close association.
- Latin colōnia, equivalent. to colōn(us) colonus + -ia -y3
- Middle French)
- Middle English colonie ( 1350–1400
- 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged body, band.
Col•o•ny (kol′ə nē),USA pronunciation n.