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[trans-uh t-lan-tik, tranz-] /ˌtræns ətˈlæn tɪk, ˌtrænz-/
crossing or reaching across the Atlantic:
a transatlantic liner.
situated beyond the Atlantic.
Origin of transatlantic
First recorded in 1770-80; trans- + Atlantic
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transatlantically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Our trans-atlantic cousins labor under the same difficulties, for they assure us continually that we are a “new” country.

    A Librarian's Open Shelf Arthur E. Bostwick
  • The first trans-atlantic cable annihilated the water barrier to thought.

    The Next Step Scott Nearing
  • I regret that the potent name of Rothschild will not figure in the list of my trans-atlantic acquaintances.

  • Their ingenuity in advertising is as good as that of their trans-atlantic brethren.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • That the second-class passengers on a trans-atlantic steamship always have more fun than the first-class passengers.

    The American Credo George Jean Nathan
British Dictionary definitions for trans-atlantic


on or from the other side of the Atlantic
crossing the Atlantic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for trans-atlantic


allso transatlantic, 1779, from trans- "through, across" + Atlantic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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