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royal colony

noun
1.
a colony ruled or administered by officials appointed by and responsible to the reigning sovereign of the parent state.
2.
American History. a colony, as New York, administered by a royal governor and council appointed by the British crown, and having a representative assembly elected by the people.
Compare charter colony.
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Contemporary definitions for royal colony
noun

a body of people or country that is administered or ruled by a sovereign country; also, any country controlled by the English royal family

Examples

The 13 original American colonies were considered royal colonies.

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