subcontinent

noun
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

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

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Lady Lawrence came from a family with long Indian traditions, but her own life on the subcontinent was quite accidental. David Gilmour, WSJ, "Five Best: David Gilmour on Memoirs of British India," 22 Feb. 2019 Violence has flared sporadically over the decades since India gained freedom from Britain in 1947, sparking bloody religious riots as the subcontinent was partitioned to create largely Hindu India and largely Muslim Pakistan. Fox News, "8-year-old girl's rape, death in India sparks widespread protests mired in religious politics," 13 Apr. 2018 Ghee may seem like the hottest new ingredient for those of us in the Western world, but it's actually been used in cuisine as well as in Ayurvedic medicine on the Indian subcontinent for thousands of years. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's How to Make Your Own Ghee," 1 Feb. 2019 Violence has flared sporadically over the decades since India gained freedom from Britain in 1947, sparking bloody religious riots as the subcontinent was partitioned to create largely Hindu India and largely Muslim Pakistan. Fox News, "8-year-old girl's rape, death in India sparks widespread protests mired in religious politics," 13 Apr. 2018 Violence has flared sporadically over the decades since India gained freedom from Britain in 1947, sparking bloody religious riots as the subcontinent was partitioned to create largely Hindu India and largely Muslim Pakistan. Fox News, "8-year-old girl's rape, death in India sparks widespread protests mired in religious politics," 13 Apr. 2018 Violence has flared sporadically over the decades since India gained freedom from Britain in 1947, sparking bloody religious riots as the subcontinent was partitioned to create largely Hindu India and largely Muslim Pakistan. Washington Post, "Child’s rape, killing in India mired in religious politics," 12 Apr. 2018 John was a geologist with the Geological Survey of India; his first assignment, which took him to India in 1927, was to field-map the Bengal coalfields and, from there, the underlying geological structure of the entire subcontinent. Neel Mukherjee, WSJ, "‘The Last Englishmen’ Review: India, Everest and Empire," 23 Aug. 2018 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

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1845, in the meaning defined above

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subcontinent

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

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