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continental

adjective con·ti·nen·tal \ ˌkän-tə-ˈnen-tᵊl \

Definition of continental

1 a :of, relating to, or characteristic of a continent
  • continental waters
; specificallyoften 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
2 a 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

continentally

play \ˌkän-tə-ˈnen-tə-lē\ adverb

Examples of continental in a Sentence

  1. They will be touring Continental Europe.

  2. differences between Britain and its Continental neighbors

  3. The hotel combines American comfort with continental elegance.

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First Known Use of continental

1755


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continental

noun

Definition of continental

1 a 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

Examples of continental in a Sentence

  1. complained that today's youth doesn't care a continental about their elders

Recent Examples of continental from the Web

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First Known Use of continental

1777



CONTINENTAL Defined for English Language Learners

continental

adjective

Definition of continental for English Language Learners

  • : of, relating to, or located on a continent

  • Continental : of or relating to the countries of Europe except for Great Britain and Ireland

  • : characteristic of Europe


continental

noun

Definition of continental for English Language Learners

  • : a person from Continental Europe


CONTINENTAL Defined for Kids

continental

adjective con·ti·nen·tal \ ˌkän-tə-ˈnen-tᵊl \

Definition of continental for Students

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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