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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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 At the start of summer in New York, the spendthrift Europhile, unable to afford a transatlantic voyage, can reach, on foot, several airy patios with echoes of Provence. Neima Jahromi, The New Yorker, "Seeking a Continental Illusion at Vol de Nuit," 8 June 2018 After the Pearl Harbor attack, there was a stoppage of transatlantic shipping traffic, which blocked the route the Franks could have taken to escape to Cuba. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Anne Frank’s family immigration efforts thwarted by restrictive policies, World War II," 6 July 2018 It is not written in stone that the transatlantic bond will survive forever. Michael Birnbaum,, "Ahead of summit, allies wonder: Will NATO survive Trump?," 9 July 2018 German raiders could have captured the ship, taken the crew hostage and steamed home with their prize, but the Cyclops lacked fuel for a transatlantic voyage. Tim Prudente,, "Baltimore-bound USS Cyclops vanished 100 years ago. Its fate remains a mystery," 13 Mar. 2018 The transatlantic alliance’s worries are now as much about radical Islam as Russia. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Rethinking the Geography of Power," 1 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of transatlantic

1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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