colony /ˈkɑləni/  noun

  • 1. a. an area that is controlled by or belongs to a country and is usually far away from it

    • Massachusetts was one of the original 13 British colonies that later became the United States.
    • a former French colony in Africa

    b. a group of people sent by a country to live in such a colony

    • colony of settlers

    2 . a group of plants or animals living or growing in one place

    • an ant colony
    • colony of bacteria

    3 . a group of people who are similar in some way and who live in a certain area

    • an artist colony
    • a leper colony

    also : the land or buildings used by such a group