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

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On one trip turned horror show, I was caught off guard yet again and had to spend a 10-hour transatlantic flight with toilet paper balled up in my underwear, afraid to get up and walk around in case my flow decided to truly burst forth. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Why Does It Seem Like I Always Get My Period While Traveling?," 8 Apr. 2019 Operating a discount airline with transatlantic flights is hard, especially if the competition has a financial edge. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Are the Discount Airlines Doomed?," 29 Mar. 2019 Broadway is a testing ground for the West End, and vice versa, with Sydney and Melbourne not infrequently triangulating the transatlantic (and transpacific) theater trade. Mikael Jansson, Vogue, "14 Countries, 14 Superstars: The Global Actors Who Know No Limits," 14 Mar. 2019 This is the first issue of the transatlantic Traveler, created by teams in New York and London. Melinda Stevens, Condé Nast Traveler, "Editor's Letter: The Hotels, Islands, and Cruises to Watch in 2019," 18 Dec. 2018 His is the attitude of many journalists and foreign-policy experts in the transatlantic realm who feel that what is happening should not be happening. Michael Kimmage, New Republic, "What Happened to the European Union?," 8 Jan. 2018 Flying up to 70 percent faster than today’s business jets, the AS2 could save approximately three hours on a transatlantic flight. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "Boeing invests in advanced supersonic business jet," 5 Feb. 2019 January 2019 marks the first transatlantic print issue of Condé Nast Traveler—and what better issue to launch with than an exhaustive list of our New York and London editors' favorite hotels, resorts, and cruise ships? Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "What It Takes to Make Our Gold List: Travelogue Podcast," 21 Dec. 2018 So, too, were Breedlove and his Spirit of America, setting the stage for a transatlantic, transonic shoot-out. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Bloodhound SSC: How do you build a car capable of 1,000mph?," 24 Nov. 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 How to pronounce transatlantic (audio) \

Kids Definition of transatlantic

: crossing or being beyond the Atlantic Ocean

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