[trans-uh t-lan-tik, tranz-]


crossing or reaching across the Atlantic: a transatlantic liner.
situated beyond the Atlantic.

Origin of transatlantic

First recorded in 1770–80; trans- + Atlantic
Related formstrans·at·lan·ti·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for trans-atlantic

Contemporary Examples of trans-atlantic

Historical Examples of trans-atlantic

  • The first trans-Atlantic cable annihilated the water barrier to thought.

    The Next Step

    Scott Nearing

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

    Nasby in Exile

    David R. Locke

  • Verily, there is little danger of starvation on a voyage by trans-Atlantic steamer.

    How to Travel

    Thomas W. Knox

  • It was announced that it would soon be tried on trans-Atlantic liners.

  • It had the tonnage of a small trans-Atlantic liner and the speed of a torpedo boat.

    The Enemies of Women

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

British Dictionary definitions for trans-atlantic



on or from the other side of the Atlantic
crossing the Atlantic
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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