American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A British colony in which the government in London has some control of legislation, usually administered by an appointed governor.
GNU Webster's 1913
- A colony of the British Empire not having an elective magistracy or a parliament, but governed by a chief magistrate (called Governor) appointed by the Crown, with executive councilors nominated by him and not elected by the people.
- n. a British colony controlled by the British Crown, represented by a governor
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