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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. an attitude or policy of favoritism or partiality to a continent.
2. a policy advocating a restriction of political or economie relations to the countries of one continent. — continentalist, n.
See also: Politics
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in Canada: A Study in American Continentalism Before the First World War (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1974).
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