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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The four-day trek effectively spans Buddhism’s rise and fall in the subcontinent—many scholars believe the university’s destruction contributed to the religion’s decline. Paul Salopek, The New Yorker, "Walking the Path of the Buddha in a Neglected Corner of India," 9 Aug. 2019 His parents migrated to present-day Bangladesh, which was then a part of Pakistan, in 1948, after the end of British colonial rule in the Indian subcontinent. Julhas Alam, Washington Post, "Hussain Muhammad Ershad, former Bangladeshi military dictator, dies at 89," 15 July 2019 Most unexpectedly of all, at the other end of the subcontinent, the remote Punjab hill states of the Himalayan foothills entered a period of astonishing creativity. The New York Review of Books, "‘Treasures of a Desert Kingdom: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India’," 17 June 2019 In 2012 a team of Japanese researchers predicted that by 2200 the Bay of Bengal would experience 31% fewer cyclones than today, but that 46% more will roil the Arabian Sea on the other side of the subcontinent. The Economist, "Climate change is a remorseless threat to the world’s coasts," 17 Aug. 2019 Pakistan, which was created at the same stroke of midnight, declared itself to be a home for the Muslims of the subcontinent. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "In Modi’s move on Kashmir, a road map for his ‘new India’," 15 Aug. 2019 While the ongoing Cricket World Cup featured ten sides -- five of which are from the subcontinent and only one from Europe -- Liverpool will play host to a veritable range of nations. Nick Friend, CNN, "Tracey Neville: 'I'd like us to get to the point where it's called sport and not women's sport,' says netball coach," 10 July 2019 To us of the twenty-first century, there is a preposterousness about the manner in which a few tens of thousands of British soldiers and civilians lorded for three centuries over an ever-expanding mass of the subcontinent and its inhabitants. Max Hastings, The New York Review of Books, "Staying On," 4 Apr. 2019 The Himalayan region of Kashmir lies at the northernmost tip of the Indian subcontinent. Claire Parker, Washington Post, "India revoked Kashmir’s special status. Here’s what you need to know about the contested province.," 5 Aug. 2019

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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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