Yesterday's [23rd May 2013's] IHT had this interesting historical news clip in its 100, 75, 50 years ago section. It refers to a British colony in Berlin in 1913 of which Mr. J. W. Louth was apparently the dean.

Before breakfast their Majesties received a deputation from the British colony in Berlin, which presented a loyal address.

Google and Wikipedia aren't much help here.

What British colony are they referring to?

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    Probably just the expat community. – Felix Goldberg May 24 '13 at 13:56
  • @FelixGoldberg Quite likely (give the title dean). But always best to confirm. – Apoorv Khurasia May 24 '13 at 13:56
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    As @FelixGoldberg notes, the word colony there most probably means the British expat community. However, I couldn't find a dictionary that would suggest such a definition for colony and I went ahead and asked about it on our sister site, English Language Learners. – yannis May 24 '13 at 14:55

Colony is being used here more in the "biological" sense. Strictly this means a group of individuals of the same species living closely together, but here it's being co-opted to mean a group of individuals of the same nationality living outside their own country but retaining their own culture and society to keep themselves distinct from the native population.

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    Makes sense, always thought the British were a different species ;) – yannis May 24 '13 at 15:01

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