subcontinent

noun

sub·​con·​ti·​nent ˌsəb-ˈkän-tə-nənt How to pronounce subcontinent (audio)
-ˈkänt-nənt
: a large landmass smaller than a continent
especially : a major subdivision of a continent
the Indian subcontinent
subcontinental adjective

Examples of subcontinent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Eating and drinking Tobago's cuisine, with its roots in the Indian subcontinent, is anything but subtle. Dominic Kocur, theweek, 22 Jan. 2024 Within the Indian subcontinent, Ayurveda serves as a traditional medicine system often practiced in tandem with Western medicine. Hasina Khatib, Allure, 5 Jan. 2024 But the Aryans were not the first group to inhabit the Indian subcontinent. Phillip M. Carter, Fortune, 27 Sep. 2023 According to the organization’s logic, virtually any faith invented on the Indian subcontinent is, in fact, a part of Hinduism. Hartosh Singh Bal, Foreign Affairs, 8 Dec. 2023 Engineers and computer scientists trained at top schools in India began to immigrate by the thousands with their families, and U.S. tech companies turned their attention to the subcontinent. Sakshi Venkatraman, NBC News, 26 Sep. 2023 This isolated haven split from the Indian subcontinent about 90 million years ago, creating an evolutionary sanctuary that resulted in some of the most unique flora and fauna on the planet, including the elephant bird. Jake Parks, Discover Magazine, 6 Dec. 2023 In India, Modi and the BJP have espoused the ideology known as Hindutva, a version of Indian national identity that subordinates the subcontinent’s ethnic and religious diversity into a narrative of Hindu supremacy. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 9 Nov. 2023 Antarctica was once part of the Gondwana supercontinent that also encompassed what is now Africa, South America, Australia, the Indian subcontinent and the Arabian Peninsula, but eventually split off and became isolated in a geological process called plate tectonics. Reuters, NBC News, 24 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of subcontinent was in 1845

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“Subcontinent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subcontinent. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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subcontinent

noun
sub·​con·​ti·​nent ˈsəb-ˈkänt-ᵊn-ənt How to pronounce subcontinent (audio)
-ˈkänt-nənt,
-ˌkänt-
: a large area of land smaller than a continent
especially : a major subdivision of a continent
the Indian subcontinent
subcontinental adjective

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