trans·​at·​lan·​tic | \ˌtran(t)s-ət-ˈlan-tik, ˌtranz-\

Definition of transatlantic 

1a : crossing or extending across the Atlantic Ocean a transatlantic cable

b : relating to or involving crossing the Atlantic Ocean transatlantic airfares

2a : situated or originating from beyond the Atlantic Ocean

b : of, relating to, or involving countries on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean and especially the U.S. and Great Britain transatlantic cooperation

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And just yesterday, the airline announced transatlantic flights from London to Rio de Janeiro, with fares as low as $300 one-way. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Norwegian Air's New Flights Make It Easier (and Cheaper) to Get to Europe This Summer," 28 Nov. 2018 Virgin Atlantic's recent transatlantic flight with an ethanol mixture shows the possibility of greener transportation. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Renewable Energy Will Grow Massively Across The Globe by 2023, Says IEA Report," 9 Oct. 2018 This would be my alarm clock every morning around 7 for the next three and a half weeks, sometimes accompanied by the drifting strains of an international activewear brand’s transatlantic Skype team meetings. Ellen Freeman, Curbed, "I lived in a Tokyo coworking space," 28 Sep. 2018 By contrast, the transatlantic steamship operators pampered their first-class passengers and abused the rest. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "The Miseries of Travel," 20 Sep. 2018 Meghan did bring her rescue Beagle, Guy, along for the trip, but Bogart was sadly just too old to make the transatlantic journey. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Just Adopted a New Labrador Retriever," 25 Aug. 2018 As schools let out for the break, June is a very popular month for transatlantic travel. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "Where should you travel in June? Here are some ideas.," 1 June 2018 For more than an hour, the transatlantic alliance was caught in the chaos of Trump’s making — until the president called an impromptu news conference to announce that everything, in fact, was just fine. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: GOP candidates caught in a bind on Medicaid," 13 July 2018 In a May entry on his website, Fitzgerald claimed that the Jews played a role in the transatlantic slave trade. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "US House candidate's Holocaust remarks alienate California GOP," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of transatlantic

1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of transatlantic was in 1779

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English Language Learners Definition of transatlantic

: going across the Atlantic Ocean

: located on or coming from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean

: involving people or countries on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean


trans·​at·​lan·​tic | \ˌtran-zət-ˈlan-tik \

Kids Definition of transatlantic

: crossing or being beyond the Atlantic Ocean

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