- of or of the nature of a continent.
- (usually initial capital letter) of or relating to the mainland of Europe, to Europeans, or to European customs and attitudes.
- (initial capital letter) of or relating to the 13 original American colonies during and immediately after the American Revolution.
- of or relating to the continent of North America.
- (initial capital letter) a soldier of the Continental Army in the American Revolution.
- a piece of paper currency issued by the Continental Congress during the American Revolution.
- a small amount: advice that's not worth a continental.
- an inhabitant of a continent.
- (usually initial capital letter) an inhabitant of the mainland of Europe.
Origin of continental
Examples from the Web for continental
It is the omphalos, this city that straddles two steamboat rivers at the continental crossroads.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
October 24, 2014
They marched through the streets of downtown New York to the synchronized beats of the Continental drum corps that followed.New York’s Century-Old Time Capsule Is a Dud
October 8, 2014
The commander of the Continental Army realized that if he did not inoculate his army against smallpox, he might not have an army.George Washington, the First Vaxxer
October 5, 2014
The outbreak began in Missouri and Illinois, but has now spread to almost all the continental United States.What You Need to Know About Enterovirus
October 3, 2014
Conceptually, the “Angel of Death” was a cultural mainstay in continental Europe and the British Isles by the late Middle Ages.Ebola Rages in West Africa, Reigniting Humanity’s Oldest Fear: The Plague
August 4, 2014
Here a man offers a thousand dollars—a thousand dollars, in Continental rags!Old News
The essence of the continental system is its gigantic scale.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
I have said before, I think, that I was the only officer of the Continental line in the whole party.In the Valley
Get me my Continental Bradshaw out of my dressing-bag: I'm no use here.The Incomplete Amorist
This cannot truly be said of the greatest of their continental models or rivals.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
- of or characteristic of Europe, excluding the British Isles
- of or relating to the 13 original British North American colonies during and immediately after the War of American Independence
- (sometimes not capital) an inhabitant of Europe, excluding the British Isles
- a regular soldier of the rebel army during the War of American Independence
- US history a currency note issued by the Continental Congress
Word Origin and History for continental
1818 as a purely geographical term, from continent + -al (1). In reference to the European mainland (as opposed to Great Britain), recorded from 1760. Continental breakfast (the kind eaten on the continent as opposed to the kind eaten in Britain) is attested by 1855. In reference to the British American colonies from 1774; the Continental Congress is attested from 1775; continental divide in use by 1865; continental rise in geology from 1959; continental slope from 1907. Continental shelf first attested 1888.