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adjective     colonial pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    relating to a system or period in which one country rules another

    years of colonial rule

    the colonial period/era

    1. a.
      relating to the period when the part of North America that became the U.S. was ruled by Britain
  2. 2
    colonial buildings and furniture are made in a style that was common in North America in the 18th century

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