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CONTINENTAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Continental mean? 

CONTINENTAL (adjective)
  The adjective CONTINENTAL has 4 senses:

1. of or pertaining to or typical of Europe
2. of or relating to or concerning the American colonies during and immediately after the American Revolutionary War
3. of or relating to or characteristic of a continent
4. being or concerning or limited to a continent especially the continents of North America or Europe

  Familiarity information: CONTINENTAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONTINENTAL (adjective)


Sense 1Continental [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or pertaining to or typical of Europe

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

a Continental breakfast

Pertainym:

Continent (the European mainland)


Sense 2continental [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to or concerning the American colonies during and immediately after the American Revolutionary War

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context examples:

the Continental Army / the Continental Congress

Pertainym:

Colony (one of the 13 British colonies that formed the original states of the United States)


Sense 3continental [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to or characteristic of a continent

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context examples:

the continental divide / continental drift

Pertainym:

continent (one of the large landmasses of the earth)


Sense 4continental [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being or concerning or limited to a continent especially the continents of North America or Europe

Context examples:

the continental United States / continental Europe / continental waters

Similar:

continent-wide (involving the entire continent)

transcontinental (spanning or crossing or on the farther side of a continent)

Antonym:

intercontinental (extending or taking place between or among continents)


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