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 This summer, American’s single daily London Heathrow flight is the only transatlantic flight from Charlotte, with no additions planned in 2021. Ted Reed, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Charles Lindbergh launched his 1927 heroes tour at Brainard after his transatlantic flight, eventually visiting each state. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, 25 May 2021 Each transatlantic flight to London on the Airbus A321 Long Range single-aisle aircraft will include 24 Mint suites, including two studios, 24 Even More Space seats, and 90 Core seats. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 19 May 2021 In the February 1931 issue, Popular Mechanics reported on the dawn of transatlantic flight. W. Irving Glover, Popular Mechanics, 6 May 2021 In the years following Charles Lindbergh’s historic transatlantic flight in 1927, courageous female pilots were in a drive to out-fly one another in the race to be the first woman to repeat Lindbergh’s feat. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 11 Apr. 2021 Earhart's flight was also the second-ever non-stop transatlantic flight after Charles Lindbergh first completed a flight in 1927. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 13 Mar. 2021 Both the book and the series open in the Dan-Tokpa Market in Coconou, Benin, the small West African country that was once a major departure point for the transatlantic slave trade. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021 This wound — the existence and afterlife of the transatlantic slave trade, which rewrote the rules of the world and the castes we have been slotted into — is one of the essential markers of American life. Angelica Jade Bastién, Vulture, 21 May 2021

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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 21 Jun. 2021.

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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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