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COLONIAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does colonial mean? 

COLONIAL (noun)
  The noun COLONIAL has 1 sense:

1. a resident of a colony

  Familiarity information: COLONIAL used as a noun is very rare.


COLONIAL (adjective)
  The adjective COLONIAL has 3 senses:

1. of or relating to or characteristic of or inhabiting a colony
2. of animals who live in colonies, such as ants
3. composed of many distinct individuals united to form a whole or colony

  Familiarity information: COLONIAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


COLONIAL (noun)


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Meaning:

A resident of a colony

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("colonial" is a kind of...):

occupant; occupier; resident (someone who lives at a particular place for a prolonged period or who was born there)

Holonyms ("colonial" is a member of...):

colony; settlement (a body of people who settle far from home but maintain ties with their homeland; inhabitants remain nationals of their home state but are not literally under the home state's system of government)


COLONIAL (adjective)


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Meaning:

Of or relating to or characteristic of or inhabiting a colony

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Pertainym:

colony (a body of people who settle far from home but maintain ties with their homeland; inhabitants remain nationals of their home state but are not literally under the home state's system of government)


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Meaning:

Of animals who live in colonies, such as ants

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Pertainym:

colony (a group of animals of the same type living together)


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Meaning:

Composed of many distinct individuals united to form a whole or colony

Synonyms:

colonial; compound

Context example:

coral is a colonial organism

Similar:

complex (complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts)

Domain category:

zoological science; zoology (the branch of biology that studies animals)


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