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[trans-oh-shee-an-ik, tranz-]
  1. extending across or traversing the ocean: a transoceanic cable.
  2. situated or living beyond the ocean: transoceanic peoples.
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Origin of transoceanic

First recorded in 1820–30; trans- + oceanic
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Related Words for trans-oceanic

away, abroad, foreign, different, unfamiliar, alien, external, overseas, offshore, strange, across, transatlantic, transoceanic, transpacific, alienated, antipodal, barbarian, barbaric, distant, exotic

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British Dictionary definitions for trans-oceanic


  1. on or from the other side of an ocean
  2. crossing an ocean
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Word Origin and History for trans-oceanic


1827, "situated across the ocean," from trans- + oceanic. Meaning "passing over the sea" is recorded from 1868.

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