continental

adjective
con·​ti·​nen·​tal | \ ˌkän-tə-ˈnen-tᵊl How to pronounce continental (audio) \

Definition of continental

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of, relating to, or characteristic of a continent continental waters specifically, often capitalized : of or relating to the continent of Europe excluding the British Isles
b often capitalized : of, relating to, or being a cuisine derived from the classic dishes of Europe and especially France
2a often capitalized : of or relating to the colonies later forming the U.S. Continental Congress
b : being the part of the U.S. on the North American continent also : being the part of the U.S. comprising the lower 48 states

continental

noun

Definition of continental (Entry 2 of 2)

1a often capitalized : an American soldier of the Revolution in the Continental army
b(1) : a piece of Continental paper currency
(2) : the least bit not worth a continental
2 : an inhabitant of a continent and especially the continent of Europe

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Other Words from continental

Adjective

continentally \ ˌkän-​tə-​ˈnen-​tə-​lē How to pronounce continentally (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for continental

Synonyms: Noun

beans, bubkes (also bupkes), damn, darn (also durn), diddly [slang], diddly-squat [slang], doodley-squat (or doodly-squat), fig, ghost, hoot, iota, jot, lick, modicum, rap, squat [slang], syllable, tittle, whit, whoop

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Examples of continental in a Sentence

Adjective

They will be touring Continental Europe. differences between Britain and its Continental neighbors The hotel combines American comfort with continental elegance.

Noun

complained that today's youth doesn't care a continental about their elders
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

While auroras form over earth's magnetic poles, the northern lights can be visible from as far south as the continental United States during larger geomagnetic storms, according to NOAA. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Look up! Northern lights could be visible throughout Michigan this weekend," 29 Aug. 2019 Brain matters at least as much as brawn, just as America’s success is not just about our continental reach, our large population, or our economic preeminence. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Why Football Is Great," 22 Aug. 2019 According to a nationwide analysis of weather data by the Washington Post, some places in the continental United States have already passed that threshold. oregonlive.com, "Washington Post analysis reveals two Oregon counties are among the fastest-warming in the country," 14 Aug. 2019 Invitations have rolled in for continental and even global championships in places such as China. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "This young Kenyan chess champion wants to take her moves abroad. The bureaucracy is keeping her in check.," 12 Aug. 2019 Nearby Wyoming, meanwhile, has some of the strongest winds in the continental United States. Los Angeles Times, "A clean energy breakthrough could be buried deep beneath rural Utah," 8 Aug. 2019 The agency had based the delisting on evidence that the Yellowstone population, one of six in the continental United States, had grown. Katie Camero, Science | AAAS, "Yellowstone grizzly bears are again listed as threatened," 1 Aug. 2019 His reign began with the Magpies marooned at the foot of the table, but like at FC Porto, Sir Bobby would oversee an incredible turnaround, turning United into a side equipped for continental football almost immediately. SI.com, "Sir Bobby Robson: 6 of His Best Moments During a Truly Magnificent Managerial Career," 31 July 2019 Lying between Hawaii and Mexico at depths that reach more than 16,000 feet, the CCZ seafloor is two-thirds the size of the continental United States and covered in millions of polymetallic nodules. Todd Woody, National Geographic, "Do we know enough about the deep sea to mine it?," 24 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Today, greater migration rates among college graduates often necessitates cross-country, if not cross-continental, travel. Wired, "The Beautiful Potential of Never-Ending Bachelor Parties," 22 Aug. 2019 Many of these airlines also have different policies for intra-continental, short-haul flights, which are not included here. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "International Basic Economy: How Every Major Airline Compares," 5 July 2018 Organizers of the Asian Games—a pan-continental, multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from all over Asia—have confirmed eSports will be a demonstration event later this year. Chris Morris, Fortune, "The IOC Is Another Step Closer to Including Video Games in the Olympics," 28 June 2018 Goals, fame and second-tier continental, as well as league success, came to the Brazilian, who became only the second man to break the world transfer record twice, all before his 21st birthday. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 4 Weeks to Go - A Career Overview of Brazil's 2002 World Cup Hero, Ronaldo," 27 May 2018 But the most fun part is spinning the globe itself and watching the unfamiliar continental and oceanic formations of times past. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "Ancient Earth Globe lets you travel back in time for a look at the planet," 24 Mar. 2018 The Confederations Cup is a trophy competed for by the seven current reigning continental or world champions and a host nation, in every odd year following a round of continental tournaments. SI.com, "FIFA Propose New 'Final 8' World Cup Tournament as Part of the International Football Reform," 2 May 2018 Whatever optimism that remained among American fans was based on a belief that the team’s supposedly better-than-the-continental-competition talent would ultimately prevail. Eric Betts, Slate Magazine, "Under Bruce Arena, the U.S. men’s national soccer team has transformed from an embarrassment into an aggressive attacking force.," 27 Mar. 2017 Wind drives water at the surface of the shallow continental shelf, at depths of about 300 feet (91 meters), north to water off the shelf, which drops to depths of more than 10,000 feet (3,050 meters). Washington Post, "Arctic researchers to study wind effects on marine life," 22 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of continental

Adjective

1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1777, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for continental

Adjective

continent entry 1 + -al entry 1

Noun

derivative of continental entry 1

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continental

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of continental

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or located on a continent
: of or relating to the countries of Europe except for Great Britain and Ireland
: characteristic of Europe

continental

noun

English Language Learners Definition of continental (Entry 2 of 2)

British, somewhat old-fashioned : a person from Continental Europe

continental

adjective
con·​ti·​nen·​tal | \ ˌkän-tə-ˈnen-tᵊl How to pronounce continental (audio) \

Kids Definition of continental

1 : being the mainland part and not including islands the continental United States
2 often capitalized : of the colonies later forming the United States the Continental Army

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