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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Recent Examples on the Web Recalling his own transatlantic flight home from Germany in May, Dr. Just says that the plane was empty. Katherine Alex Beaven, Travel + Leisure, "Is It Safe to Fly Right Now? Here's What Experts Have to Say," 25 June 2020 Colston ran the Royal African Company for more than a decade before opening up the transatlantic slave trade for the British city. NBC News, "June 7 coverage of nationwide unrest and ongoing protests," 8 June 2020 Legislation passed in 1918 gave some women in the U.K. the right to vote, subject to specific criteria, and transatlantic tactics were shared. Suyin Haynes, Time, "‘Persevere Through the Highs and Lows.’ What We Can Still Learn From the Suffragists Who Fought for the Right to Vote During the 1918 Flu Pandemic," 3 June 2020 Insurance was vital in facilitating the transatlantic slave trade. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "The insurance case that helped end the slave trade," 19 June 2020 The erosion of transatlantic cooperation could prove costly as new global threats such as the current and future pandemics, climate change, cybercrime, and economic competition multiply. John Walcott, Time, "Unquiet on the Western Front: Why the 74-Year Alliance Between Europe and America is Falling Apart," 17 June 2020 Such cooperation has been hard to forge in recent years, as Pompeo and other U.S. officials have met with limited success in trying to turn Washington’s bipartisan suspicion about the communist power into a transatlantic consensus. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "Top EU diplomat flaunts independence from Washington on China," 16 June 2020 Scotland’s pivotal role in transatlantic slavery has at times been discussed less than that of England and the United States. NBC News, "Calls grow for Scotland to reckon with its slave-owning past," 13 June 2020 American’s limited foreign service includes transatlantic flights from Dallas-Fort Worth to Amsterdam, Paris, and Frankfurt. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "American Airlines Adds Domestic Flights and Reopens Lounges for Summer Travel," 4 June 2020

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First Known Use of transatlantic

1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Transatlantic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of transatlantic

: crossing or being beyond the Atlantic Ocean

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