trans·​at·​lan·​tic | \ ˌtran(t)s-ət-ˈlan-tik How to pronounce transatlantic (audio) , 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

Examples of transatlantic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The transatlantic bond has frayed, and Chinese commercial and strategic ambitions are lapping at Europe’s shores. The Economist, "The new European Commission is approved," 28 Nov. 2019 The 15th-century Italian explorer is tied to the spread of disease, the initiation of the transatlantic slave trade, and to violent acts committed against native inhabitants of the Americas. Thalia Juarez,, "What is Indigenous Peoples’ Day? 5 things to know about the movement and how it’s being observed in Baltimore.," 14 Oct. 2019 The transatlantic slave trade, however, when mentioned, is only one note in our history books. Chris Searles, National Geographic, "Diving into the unfolding history of wrecked slave ships," 22 Aug. 2019 The forum was founded to bridge transatlantic differences over China policy after a crisis in 2004, when France enraged America by proposing to lift an EU arms embargo on China imposed after the crushing of the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989. The Economist, "The West is now surer that China is not about to liberalise," 14 Nov. 2019 By analogy, the American colonies may not have prevailed against British imperial might without help from transatlantic friends after 1776. Sanya Mansoor, Time, "Read George Kent and William Taylor's Full Opening Statements at the First Public Hearing in Trump’s Impeachment Inquiry," 13 Nov. 2019 The Airbus-Boeing row is just one of several issues stoking transatlantic tensions that quickly descended into acrimony when Mr. Trump took office in 2017. CBS News, "U.S. slaps new tariffs on European wine, whiskey, planes and much more," 18 Oct. 2019 Norwegian Air offers about 50 nonstop transatlantic routes from the U.S. The European budget airline became popular in the U.S. and Europe for its fares as low as $99, but has been struggling with financial losses and high debt. Marcia Heroux Pounds,, "JetBlue deal with Norwegian Air could mean cheaper fares to Europe," 17 Oct. 2019 IcelandAir was the first airline to really ace the idea, allowing transatlantic travelers enroute to Europe to break up their journey. Cassie Shortsleeve, Popular Mechanics, "The Very Best Airlines for Holiday Travel," 18 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of transatlantic

1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Transatlantic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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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 How to pronounce transatlantic (audio) \

Kids Definition of transatlantic

: crossing or being beyond the Atlantic Ocean

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