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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.
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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
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(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.
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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
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


(= 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
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


(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
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


1. adjcontinentale (Brit) (European) → europeo/a, dell'Europa continentale
2. n (Brit) → abitante m/f dell'Europa continentale
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(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.
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The historians tell us with naive assurance that its causes were the wrongs inflicted on the Duke of Oldenburg, the nonobservance of the Continental System, the ambition of Napoleon, the firmness of Alexander, the mistakes of the diplomatists, and so on.
In continental Greece (1), on the other hand, but especially in Boeotia, a new form of epic sprang up, which for the romance and PATHOS of the Ionian School substituted the practical and matter-of-fact.
Pelet's house was kept and his kitchen managed by his mother, a real old Frenchwoman; she had been handsome--at least she told me so, and I strove to believe her; she was now ugly, as only continental old women can be; perhaps, though, her style of dress made her look uglier than she really was.
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.
We may also notice that, on the lunar sphere, the south pole is much more continental than the north pole.
Thus, also, it is that continental productions have everywhere become so largely naturalised on islands.
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.
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.
All this continental life, all this Europe of yours, and all the trash about 'going abroad' is simply foolery, and it is mere foolery on our part to come.
With these modest hints I closed my letter; and thus for once, thanks to my Continental experience, I was able to instruct my lawyer!
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.
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.

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