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1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a continent.
2. often Continental Of or relating to the mainland of Europe; European.
3. Continental Of or relating to the American colonies during and immediately after the American Revolution.
4. Meteorology
a. Of or relating to the relatively dry air typically found or originating over large landmasses.
b. Of or relating to climates characterized by a wide seasonal variation in temperatures.
5. Used as an intensive: "Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine, / The continental liar from the state of Maine." (Grover Cleveland).
1. often Continental
a. An inhabitant of a continent.
b. An inhabitant of the mainland of Europe; a European.
2. A native of the continental United States living or working in Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands.
3. Continental A soldier in the American army during the American Revolution.
4. A piece of paper money issued by the Continental Congress during the American Revolution.

con′ti·nen′tal·ism n.
con′ti·nen′tal·ist n.
con′ti·nen·tal′i·ty (-nĕn-tăl′ĭ-tē) n.
con′ti·nen′tal·ly adv.


1. (Physical Geography) of or characteristic of Europe, excluding the British Isles
2. (Historical Terms) of or relating to the 13 original British North American colonies during and immediately after the War of American Independence
3. (Human Geography) (sometimes not capital) an inhabitant of Europe, excluding the British Isles
4. (Historical Terms) a regular soldier of the rebel army during the War of American Independence
5. (Historical Terms) history US a currency note issued by the Continental Congress
ˌContiˈnentalˌism n
ˌContiˈnentalist n


(ˌkɒn tnˈɛn tl)

1. of or of the nature of a continent.
2. (usu. cap.) of or pertaining to the mainland of Europe or to European customs and attitudes.
3. (cap.) of or pertaining to the 13 American colonies during and immediately after the American Revolution.
4. of or pertaining to the continent of North America.
5. (cap.) a soldier in the American army during the American Revolution.
6. a piece of paper currency issued by the Continental Congress during the American Revolution.
7. a small amount: not worth a continental.
8. an inhabitant of a continent.
9. (usu. cap.) an inhabitant of the mainland of Europe.
con`ti•nen′tal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.Continental - of or pertaining to or typical of Europe; "a Continental breakfast"
2.continental - of or relating to or concerning the American colonies during and immediately after the American Revolutionary War; "the Continental Army"; "the Continental Congress"
3.continental - of or relating to or characteristic of a continent; "the continental divide"; "continental drift"
4.continental - being or concerning or limited to a continent especially the continents of North America or Europe; "the continental United States"; "continental Europe"; "continental waters"
intercontinental - extending or taking place between or among continents; "intercontinental exploration"; "intercontinental flights"
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1. (Geog) → continental
2. (Brit) (= European) → continental, europeo
B. N (Brit) → europeo/a m/f (continental)
C. CPD continental breakfast Ndesayuno m estilo europeo
continental drift Nderiva f continental
continental quilt Nedredón m
continental shelf Nplataforma f continental


(= European) → d'Europe continentale
(= related to a continent) [climate] → continental(e)
n (British) (= person) → Européen(ne) m/f continental(e), continental(e) m/fcontinental breakfast npetit déjeuner m continentalcontinental drift ndérive f des continentscontinental quilt n (British)couette fcontinental shelf nplateau m continental


(Geog) → kontinental
(Brit: = European) → europäisch; holidaysin Europa
n(Festlands)europäer(in) m(f)


continental breakfast
continental drift
n (Geog) → Kontinentaldrift f
continental quilt
nSteppdecke f
continental shelf
n (Geog) → Kontinentalschelf m, → Kontinentalsockel m


1. adjcontinentale (Brit) (European) → europeo/a, dell'Europa continentale
2. n (Brit) → abitante m/f dell'Europa continentale


(ˈkontinənt) noun
1. one of the great divisions of the land surface of the world – Europe, America, Australia, Asia or Africa.
2. Europe excluding Britain. We are going to the continent for our holidays.
ˌcontiˈnental (-ˈnen-) adjective
continental breakfast
a light breakfast of rolls and coffee.
continental shelf noun
the part of a continent that is under a relatively shallow sea.
References in classic literature ?
Next rose before her in memory's picture-gallery, the intricate and narrow thoroughfares, the tall, grey houses, the huge cathedrals, and the public edifices, ancient in date and quaint in architecture, of a continental city; where new life had awaited her, still in connexion with the mis-shapen scholar: a new life, but feeding itself on time-worn materials, like a tuft of green moss on a crumbling wall.
Besides, it has been divined by other continental commentators, that when Jonah was thrown overboard from the Joppa ship, he straightway effected his escape to another vessel near by, some vessel with a whale for a figure-head; and, I would add, possibly called The Whale, as some craft are nowadays christened the Shark, the Gull, the Eagle.
After dinner the guests of both sexes distributed themselves about the front porches and the ornamental grounds belonging to the hotel, to enjoy the cool air; but, as the twilight deepened toward darkness, they gathered themselves together in that saddest and solemnest and most constrained of all places, the great blank drawing-room which is the chief feature of all continental summer hotels.
I have lived too long in the Continental atmosphere to trouble myself about moral points of view.
But if we should be disunited, and the integral parts should either remain separated, or, which is most probable, should be thrown together into two or three confederacies, we should be, in a short course of time, in the predicament of the continental powers of Europe -- our liberties would be a prey to the means of defending ourselves against the ambition and jealousy of each other.
Notwithstanding their true interest with respect to the continental nations was really the same, yet by the arts and policy and practices of those nations, their mutual jealousies were perpetually kept inflamed, and for a long series of years they were far more inconvenient and troublesome than they were useful and assisting to each other.
Captain Nemo," said I to my host, who had just thrown himself on one of the divans, "this is a library which would do honour to more than one of the continental palaces, and I am absolutely astounded when I consider that it can follow you to the bottom of the seas.
Under his arm might have been observed a red-bound copy of Bradshaw's Continental Railway Steam Transit and General Guide, with its timetables showing the arrival and departure of steamers and railways.
A Continental Congress assembled at Philadelphia,'' said Grandfather, "and proposed such measures as they thought most conducive to the public good.
The officers may write to the papers demanding the heads of the Horse Guards in default of cleaner redress for grievances; the men may break loose across a country town and seriously startle the publicans; but neither officers nor men have it in their composition to mutiny after the continental manner.
But the continental nations do allow themselves vagaries in the choice of names, such as we sober English never run into.
His son, Major Thomas Melville, was a leader in the famous 'Boston Tea Party' of 1773 and afterwards became an officer in the Continental Army.

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