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 continental (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for continental

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Throughout Spy, Feig and McCarthy find plenty of opportunities to make jokes out of Susan’s difficulty dealing with the continental, high-stakes world of spycraft, and the actress’s sweetness has rarely been better utilized. Tim Grierson, Vulture, "Every Melissa McCarthy Movie Performance, Ranked," 9 Apr. 2021 In the higher latitudes, continental-wide snow storms deposit tens of feet per day. Cody Cassidy, Wired, "How to Survive a Killer Asteroid," 9 Apr. 2021 As President Joe Biden contemplates sharing excess AstraZeneca vaccines with continental neighbors Canada and Mexico, a familiar voice from the far southern end of the Americas is calling on him to ensure fair vaccine distribution around the world. Stephen Collinson With Caitlin Hu, CNN, "The bias facing Black and Asian Americans reflects a broader problem," 19 Mar. 2021 And nearly all of the continental United States is looking at warmer than normal spring, except for tiny parts of the Pacific Northwest and southeast Alaska, which makes drought worse. NBC News, "Forecast for spring: Nasty drought worsens for much of U.S.," 19 Mar. 2021 The six continental presidents who sit on FIFA's ruling council each received a net income of $300,000, plus some expenses. Graham Dunbar, Star Tribune, "Revenue on track, reserves down in FIFA virus-era accounts," 19 Mar. 2021 And nearly all of the continental United States is looking at warmer than normal spring, except for tiny parts of the Pacific Northwest and southeast Alaska, which makes drought worse. Seth Borenstein, The Arizona Republic, "Forecast for spring: Nasty drought worsens for much of US," 18 Mar. 2021 The scientists combined several previous models for things like seafloor age and continental positions during the last 400 million years. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Why One Side of Earth Is Rapidly Getting Colder Than the Other," 15 Mar. 2021 Trading in billions of euros of continental shares has migrated across the Channel because the EU has, so far, declined to decree Britain’s financial regulation equivalent to its own. The Economist, "Brexit The cost of Brexit becomes apparent," 13 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hosted by enthusiastic young continentals, songs are scored by a combination of dial-in votes from viewers and jurists representing the participating countries. Amy Thomson, Bloomberg.com, "Robots Sing For Death and Revolution at Eurovision’s AI Contest," 24 Apr. 2020 Kenyatta rejected concerns that a free trade deal with the United States would undermine a new continental free trade agreement in Africa aimed at creating the world’s largest common market. Tom Odula, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump, Kenyan leader talk positive about US-Kenya trade deal," 6 Feb. 2020 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

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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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The first known use of continental was in 1755

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14 Apr 2021

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“Continental.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/continental. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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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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