Definition of Atlantic in English:



  • 1Of or adjoining the Atlantic Ocean.

    ‘the Atlantic coast of Europe’
    • ‘The picture here is of the sunset from the Atlantic coast of Tobago, just outside my hotel room.’
    • ‘Exposed to the full roll of the Atlantic swells, the north coast is best for beaches.’
    • ‘The call was made in a statement at the end of the two-day meeting in a luxury resort on Florida's Atlantic coast.’
    • ‘At least half of English foreign-going shipping was engaged in this burgeoning Atlantic trade.’
    • ‘The locals claim that this is where the Atlantic climate meets the continental climate.’
    • ‘It also helps to steer our Atlantic weather depressions from their normal eastward movement.’
    • ‘The island basks in year-round subtropical sunshine, wafted by gentle Atlantic breezes.’
    • ‘For sailors stuck inside during an Atlantic storm, it must have been hell on water.’
    • ‘A search by the family of an Atlantic rower missing off the west coast of Ireland has been called off.’
    • ‘It was part of an epic holiday that took us thousands of miles along the Atlantic seaboard of Canada and the Viking Trail.’
    • ‘She said that anyone could be a part of the Atlantic team if they were active and had initiative.’
    • ‘I had packed for cold Atlantic gales, not taking the Gulf Stream seriously.’
    • ‘It is more common on the Atlantic coast of France, and there are interesting Breton recipes for preparing it.’
    • ‘She was trying to break the record for an Atlantic crossing.’
    • ‘His travels took him first to the Atlantic coast and then across the continent to the Indian Ocean.’
    • ‘On the rough Atlantic coast you could imagine yourself in Kerry, were it not for the temperature.’
    • ‘This is a classic soup from the repertoire of cooks from the Atlantic regions.’
    • ‘Here they even import wine young (so that it suffers less on the Atlantic crossing).’
    • ‘The long sandy beaches of Spain's north coast are lashed by Atlantic surf and hemmed by rolling green hills.’
    • ‘Its huge windows offer sweeping views of the fields, flowers and Atlantic waters that make Seil so tranquil.’
    • ‘Sites for experimental wave turbines have already been identified on the island's Atlantic coast.’
    • ‘The variety is also grown on Spain's Canary Islands off the Atlantic coast.’
    • ‘The small boat punched its way through the heavy Atlantic swell and green seas crashed over our bows.’
  • 2Geology
    Relating to or denoting the third climatic stage of the postglacial period in northern Europe, between the Boreal and Sub-Boreal stages (about 7,500 to 5,000 years ago), marked by a moist oceanic climate.

    • ‘They occurred well above the late Pleistocene floodplain gravel and underlay a deposit containing animal remains that can be assigned only to the climatic optimum of the Atlantic phase, after 5000 B.C.’
    • ‘This book challenges our views on the nature of the former natural landscape of Britain during the Atlantic period.’
    • ‘The end of the Atlantic period was marked by the decline of the elm.’



Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek Atlantikos, from Atlas, Atlant- (see atlas). The term originally referred to the Atlas Mountains in North Africa, hence to the sea near the west African coast, later extended to the whole ocean.