[ kuhn-tig-yoo-uhs ]
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  1. touching; in contact.

  2. in close proximity without actually touching; near.

  1. adjacent in time: contiguous events.

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Origin of contiguous

First recorded in 1605–15; from Latin contiguus “touching, bordering upon,“ equivalent to prefix con- “with, together” + tig- (variant stem of -tingere, combining form of tangere “to touch”) + -uus adjective suffix; see con-, tangent, contingent, contact;cf. -ous, continuous

Other words for contiguous

Other words from contiguous

  • con·tig·u·ous·ly, adverb
  • con·tig·u·ous·ness, noun
  • non·con·tig·u·ous, adjective
  • non·con·tig·u·ous·ly, adverb
  • non·con·tig·u·ous·ness, noun
  • un·con·tig·u·ous, adjective
  • un·con·tig·u·ous·ly, adverb
  • un·con·tig·u·ous·ness, noun

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How to use contiguous in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for contiguous


/ (kənˈtɪɡjʊəs) /

  1. touching along the side or boundary; in contact

  2. physically adjacent; neighbouring

  1. preceding or following in time

Origin of contiguous

C17: from Latin contiguus, from contingere to touch; see contact

Derived forms of contiguous

  • contiguity (ˌkɒntɪˈɡjuːɪtɪ) or contiguousness, noun
  • contiguously, adverb

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