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

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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 None of the nine storms that hit the continental U.S. this year made landfall in Florida. Victoria Ballard, sun-sentinel.com, "Hurricane Delta becomes a Category 4 storm, strongest ever named after a letter of Greek alphabet," 6 Oct. 2020 Another continental style wallet, this option features a zipper change pocket, as well as two billfolds and 12 card slots. Ellen Mcalpine, CNN Underscored, "Take up to 75% off at Kate Spade’s Surprise Sale," 30 Sep. 2020 That in turn attracted interest from continental players able to tap lower capital costs because of their public ownership. Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg.com, "25 Years On, Britain Clings to Privatized Railway," 26 Sep. 2020 In continental European and U.S. equities, for starters. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Down a stunning 23%, London’s once mighty FTSE is trading like an emerging-market stock exchange," 26 Sep. 2020 Beta was the ninth named storm that made landfall in the continental U.S. this year. Fox News, "Beta floods Houston as over 500K gallons of wastewater spill, body of missing fisherman found," 22 Sep. 2020 Beta was the ninth named storm to make landfall in the continental U.S. this year, tying a record set in 1916, Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach told the Associated Press. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Beta Makes Landfall in Texas, Tying Century-Old Record for Named Storms in a Year," 22 Sep. 2020 Beta was the ninth named storm that made landfall in the continental U.S. this year. Carlie Wells, NOLA.com, "Hurricane forecasters tracking 4 disturbances, including system heading for Gulf of Mexico," 22 Sep. 2020 Not to pile on, but Spain too (like many other continental European countries) had gone through an onerous lockdown in the pandemic’s earlier stages. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of September 21," 25 Sep. 2020 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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Time Traveler for continental

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The first known use of continental was in 1755

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10 Oct 2020

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“Continental.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/continental. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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continental

adjective
How to pronounce continental (audio)

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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