colonias

colonia

[kuh-loh-nee-uh, -lohn-yuh; Spanish kaw-law-nyah]
noun, plural colonias [kuh-loh-nee-uhz, -lohn-yuhz; Spanish kaw-law-nyahs] .
(in the southwestern U.S.) a city neighborhood or a rural settlement inhabited predominantly by Mexicans or Mexican Americans.

Origin:
< Mexican Spanish: newly built or settled district of a city; Spanish: plantation, colony

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