[kon-tn-uh n-tal-i-tee]


the degree to which the climate of a region typifies that of the interior of a large landmass.

Compare oceanicity.

Origin of continentality

First recorded in 1895–1900; continental + -ity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for continentality

1897, a term in meteorology, from German kontinentalität (1895), from Latin continentem (see continent (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper