sub·​con·​ti·​nent | \ ˌsəb-ˈkän-tə-nənt How to pronounce subcontinent (audio) , -ˈkänt-nənt \

Definition of subcontinent

: a large landmass smaller than a continent especially : a major subdivision of a continent the Indian subcontinent

Other Words from subcontinent

subcontinental \ ˌsəb-​ˌkän-​tə-​ˈnen-​tᵊl How to pronounce subcontinent (audio) \ adjective

Examples of subcontinent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Following the end of the British rule in 1947, the Indian subcontinent was partitioned between the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and a constitutionally secular India that had an overwhelmingly Hindu majority. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 9 May 2022 The heat wave will also have an economic cost—one that will ripple beyond the subcontinent. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 4 May 2022 The initial entries were curated to be representative of the subcontinent's different religious, linguistic and local traditions, while featuring a broadly equal number of male and female artists. CNN, 27 Apr. 2022 To celebrate the 20th edition of the festival, IFFLA also announced an inaugural Spotlight on South Asia series, which will screen films coming from the South Asian subcontinent and its diasporas. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 29 Mar. 2022 The Indian subcontinent had been the home of muslin, a cotton fabric of plain weave, for centuries. Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2022 The show doesn’t entirely shy away from addressing interactions between Brits and Indians on the subcontinent. NBC News, 7 Apr. 2022 Despite being a Hindu festival, Holi now transcends the boundaries of religion and is celebrated by people across the Indian subcontinent. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, 17 Mar. 2022 Indian aviation fuel demand in January was about 41% less than in January 2020 -- which was before the pandemic had much impact on the subcontinent -- according to Bloomberg surveys of the country’s three biggest retailers. Steve Voss,, 15 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of subcontinent

1845, in the meaning defined above

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“Subcontinent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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