Definitions of colony

  1. a group of animals of the same type living together
  2. ( microbiology) a group of organisms grown from a single parent cell
  3. a group of animals of the same living together
  4. A company of people transplanted from their mother country to a remote province or country, and remaining subject to the jurisdiction of the parent state; as, the British colonies in America.
  5. The district or country colonized; a settlement.
  6. A company of persons from the same country sojourning in a foreign city or land; as, the American colony in Paris.
  7. A number of animals or plants living or growing together, beyond their usual range.
  8. A cell family or group of common origin, mostly of unicellular organisms, esp. among the lower algae. They may adhere in chains or groups, or be held together by a gelatinous envelope.
  9. A community of social insects, as ants, bees, etc.
  10. A body of people who leave their native country and settle in another land, but remain subject to the mother country; the country settled; a group like a colony.
  11. A body of persons who settle in another country, remaining subject to the parent state; the country so inhabited.
  12. Colonial.
  13. A body of emigrants in a remote region under the control of the parent country; the region so occupied; any association of individuals, as a swarm of bees.
  14. A body of people who leave home and go and settle in a new country subject to the parent one; the settlement so formed; a body of animals living, or of plants growing, together.
  15. A body of persons sent out from their native country to a distant district, or a new country, in order to settle and cultivate it; the country thus settled or planted.
  16. Any collection of organisms living together, ants, bees; a group of animals or plants living together and somewhat isolated; a group of bacteria in a culture; term all the " persons" in a colonial Coelenterate.