[ kon-tn-en-tl ]
/ ˌkɒn tnˈɛn tl /



Origin of continental

First recorded in 1750–60; continent + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM continental

con·ti·nen·tal·ly, adverbnon·con·ti·nen·tal, adjective, nounpre·con·ti·nen·tal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for continental

/ (ˌkɒntɪˈnɛntəl) /


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

Derived forms of Continental

Continentalism, nounContinentalist, noun
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