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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Recent Examples on the Web Gurmukh Singh was born in Punjab before it was split in the partition of the subcontinent in 1947. Niha Masih, Washington Post, "In Pakistan, a Sikh shrine opens to Indian pilgrims as goodwill gesture amid wider tensions," 9 Nov. 2019 This eventually culminated in the partition of the subcontinent in 1947, crystallising the Hindu-Muslim rivalry and, in turn, demonising historical Islamic rule in India. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Babur: A carefully constructed villain who replaced Ravan in Hindu nationalists’ mind," 8 Nov. 2019 Now, according to First Post, ISRO is gearing up to do a runway landing test of the spacecraft in the Karnataka region, which is located in the southwest part of the subcontinent. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: The Falcon 9 goes for four, Boeing’s big cost-plus deal," 18 Oct. 2019 At least three species went extinct in the African subcontinent. Francis Thackeray, Quartz Africa, "Scientists now have evidence a large platinum-dense meteorite hit the earth 12,800 years ago," 8 Oct. 2019 To better understand, consider the state of the subcontinent in the late 1980s. Fiza Pirani, Teen Vogue, "How Telling My Immigrant Parents I Contemplated Suicide May Have Saved My Life," 13 Sep. 2019 In 1947, when Britain ended its colonial rule of the subcontinent, the territory of Jammu & Kashmir, like that of Punjab and Bengal, was divided. The Economist, "India abruptly ends the last special protection enjoyed by Kashmir," 6 Aug. 2019 Ganesh Iyer, currently director of operations for the Indian subcontinent for Finnish brand Veen, has spent over two decades in the beverage industry working with prominent brands such as Evian, Perrier, and Himalayan. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Never heard of a water sommelier? Neither did we till we met Ganesh Iyer," 31 July 2019 Unlike the rest of the Indian subcontinent, Nepal eluded colonization by European powers, due in part to the legendary valor of its Gurkha soldiers. National Geographic, "Pictures of Nepal: Kathmandu & Sarangkot Photos | National Geographic Expeditions," 8 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of subcontinent

1845, in the meaning defined above

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“Subcontinent.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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

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