sub·​con·​ti·​nent | \ˌsəb-ˈkän-tə-nənt, -ˈkänt-nənt\

Definition of subcontinent 

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

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subcontinental \ˌsəb-​ˌkän-​tə-​ˈnen-​tᵊl \ adjective

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This mass migration, prompted by what is known as Partition, followed the end of British rule and was a means of roughly sorting the population of the Asian subcontinent by religion. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: India Before & After," 2 Mar. 2018 The nearly 90 photos in this show were done with a handheld camera, color slide film and an eye for a subcontinent’s dense complexity. Anita Gates, New York Times, "From 12th Century B.C. to 2017, Art in Startling Variety," 7 Mar. 2018 Set on a cramped train rattling across the subcontinent, Darjeeling juxtaposes the claustrophobia of travel against the backdrop of Rajasthan's vast open spaces. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 45 Best Travel Films of All Time," 11 May 2018 Local Afghan musicians followed course and moved to this area to learn traditional Indian ragas from the foreigners, letting their own Afghan folk tunes mix with the melodies of the subcontinent. Maija Liuhto, Longreads, "A Music So Beautiful the Birds Fell from the Trees," 28 June 2018 Muslim-majority Kashmir is one of the world's enduring geopolitical flashpoints, the epicenter of a rivalry between India and Pakistan that has its roots in the partition of the subcontinent after the end of British colonial rule in 1947. Swati Gupta, CNN, "UN calls for international inquiry into human rights violations in Kashmir," 14 June 2018 Nearly all of the Indian subcontinent’s ethnic and linguistic groups are the product of three ancient Eurasian populations who met and mixed: local hunter-gatherers, Middle Eastern farmers, and Central Asian herders. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "South Asians are descended from a mix of farmers, herders, and hunter-gatherers, ancient DNA reveals," 18 Apr. 2018 Here's a short, detail-light teaser: Europa Universalis: Dharma is, as the title indicates, a rework of the game's Indian subcontinent. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "PdxCon 2018: Paradox reveals Imperator Rome, Age of Wonders: Planetfall, and board games," 19 May 2018 Those standards had been established because of concerns over the region’s reputation for mistreatment of its imported work force, with many coming from the Indian subcontinent and the Philippines. New York Times, "N.Y.U. Promised Reforms in Abu Dhabi. Report Says It Has Reneged.," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of subcontinent

1845, in the meaning defined above

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: a large area of land that is a part of a continent

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