continental

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adjective

con·​ti·​nen·​tal ˌkän-tə-ˈnen-tᵊl How to pronounce continental (audio)
1
a
: of, relating to, or characteristic of a continent
continental waters
specifically, often capitalized : of or relating to the continent of Europe excluding the British Isles
b
often capitalized : of, relating to, or being a cuisine derived from the classic dishes of Europe and especially France
2
a
often capitalized : of or relating to the colonies later forming the U.S.
Continental Congress
b
: being the part of the U.S. on the North American continent
also : being the part of the U.S. comprising the lower 48 states
continentally adverb

continental

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noun

1
a
often capitalized : an American soldier of the Revolution in the Continental army
b(1)
: a piece of Continental paper currency
(2)
: the least bit
not worth a continental
2
: an inhabitant of a continent and especially the continent of Europe

Example Sentences

Adjective They will be touring Continental Europe. differences between Britain and its Continental neighbors The hotel combines American comfort with continental elegance. Noun complained that today's youth doesn't care a continental about their elders
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
When Grace arrived in Monaco, turkey — which is a native North American bird — was a continental rarity. Peter Mikelbank, Peoplemag, 23 Nov. 2022 The EuroBasket win was Spain’s fourth in its last six appearances at the continental championship, all of those wins coming under Scariolo. Tim Reynolds, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Nov. 2022 Even in the midst of the front Thursday, South Florida also still recorded the warmest high temperature in the continental U.S: a balmy 85 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Shira Moolten, Sun Sentinel, 17 Nov. 2022 There are also other features, such as 8.75 miles of game fencing, a 20-acre breeder pen, equipment barns, feed barn, concert stage and continental pheasant shoot tower. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 17 Nov. 2022 Nearly all cases in the continental U.S. stem from travel. Li Cohen, CBS News, 16 Nov. 2022 It’s another symbolic sign of Britain’s shrinking place in the wake of Brexit, and the continental rivals that will step into position. Joe Easton, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Nov. 2022 The first of the big continental rivalries in the group stage, with Messi potentially sealing his and Argentina’s spot in the last 16. Steve Douglas, Chicago Tribune, 14 Nov. 2022 Steidinger’s study also revealed that even in the center of the Burgundy truffle’s range—which stretches from North Africa to the UK—some continental European populations were clearly threatened by rising temperatures. WIRED, 11 Nov. 2022
Noun
Hosted by enthusiastic young continentals, songs are scored by a combination of dial-in votes from viewers and jurists representing the participating countries. Amy Thomson, Bloomberg.com, 24 Apr. 2020 Kenyatta rejected concerns that a free trade deal with the United States would undermine a new continental free trade agreement in Africa aimed at creating the world’s largest common market. Tom Odula, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Feb. 2020 Today, greater migration rates among college graduates often necessitates cross-country, if not cross-continental, travel. Wired, 22 Aug. 2019 Many of these airlines also have different policies for intra-continental, short-haul flights, which are not included here. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, 5 July 2018 Organizers of the Asian Games—a pan-continental, multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from all over Asia—have confirmed eSports will be a demonstration event later this year. Chris Morris, Fortune, 28 June 2018 Goals, fame and second-tier continental, as well as league success, came to the Brazilian, who became only the second man to break the world transfer record twice, all before his 21st birthday. SI.com, 27 May 2018 But the most fun part is spinning the globe itself and watching the unfamiliar continental and oceanic formations of times past. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2018 The Confederations Cup is a trophy competed for by the seven current reigning continental or world champions and a host nation, in every odd year following a round of continental tournaments. SI.com, 2 May 2018 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

continent entry 1 + -al entry 1

Noun

derivative of continental entry 1

First Known Use

Adjective

1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1777, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of continental was in 1755

Dictionary Entries Near continental

Cite this Entry

“Continental.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/continental. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

continental 1 of 2

adjective

con·​ti·​nen·​tal ˌkänt-ᵊn-ˈent-ᵊl How to pronounce continental (audio)
1
: of or relating to a continent
continental waters
especially, often capitalized : of or relating to the continent of Europe
2
often capitalized : of or relating to the colonies later forming the U.S.
Continental Congress

continental

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noun

1
a
often capitalized : a soldier in the Continental army
b
: a piece of paper money issued by the Continental Congress
2

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