Definition of continental in US English:

continental

adjective

  • 1Forming or belonging to a continent.

    ‘continental Antarctica’
    • ‘There were no polar ice caps or continental glaciation.’
    • ‘Earthquakes primarily represent a threat to areas where continental plates meet: Japan, Turkey, California, for example.’
    • ‘The following three collection sites belong to the continental area of Antarctica.’
    • ‘Green Sea Turtles enjoy warm, tropical and subtropical, shallow water near continental coasts and around islands where the sea grass is plentiful.’
    • ‘A particular winged beetle type lives on large continental areas; the same beetle type on a small windy island has no wings.’
    • ‘More than 2 percent of the continental United States - an area the size of Georgia - is covered by roads and roadsides.’
    • ‘Precipitation is highest in summer due to a continental monsoon, especially in middle to eastern parts of the desert regions in China.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the United States was bordered by two oceans; it was not only a continent but also a continental island.’
    • ‘Towards the middle of the period the climate became warmer and milder, the glaciers receded, and the continental interiors became drier.’
    • ‘Impact craters are about as numerous on Venus as they are on continental areas of Earth, and are thus not as common as they are on most other planets.’
    • ‘In the last ice age, sea levels fell and continental plants and animals migrated here, only to be trapped when the waters rose again.’
    • ‘And we can say the same thing for other continents that all large continental areas are clearly having increases in temperature which are directly attributable to human activities.’
    • ‘The long endurance of these, still important to the present day, contrasts with developments in many continental areas.’
    • ‘It is the sixth highest free-falling waterfall in the continental United States and the fourth highest in California.’
    • ‘The Himalayas, towering as high as 8,854 m above sea level, form the highest continental mountains in the world.’
    • ‘And it's the only speck of land in an area of the ocean about the size of the continental United States.’
    • ‘During this time vast expanses of North America and Eurasia were periodically covered with enormous continental glaciers.’
    • ‘Such locations were defined based on the latitude and longitude of the center of the country (or continental area) of origin.’
    • ‘And this set of glacial deposits contained the evidence of continental glaciers that covered these ancient continents.’
    • ‘The new areas consist of the continental margin and an exclusive economic zone.’
  • 2Coming from or characteristic of mainland Europe.

    ‘traditional continental cuisine’
    • ‘We are hoping to have a trial Continental market in the late spring.’
    • ‘Among the chief achievements of the Continental navy was to bring the war to Europe.’
    • ‘But despite the visiting Continental market's success not everybody is happy.’
    • ‘She said the Continental markets sold food that could not be totally fresh, having been brought to Britain from Europe.’
    • ‘Not when it comes to expensive Continental chocolates, anyway.’
    • ‘The club are still bottom of the superleague, but semi-finals had been booked in both the Challenge Cup and the Continental Cup.’
    • ‘Great efforts seem to be focused on the special event markets in Parliament Street, especially Continental clients.’
    • ‘The band is trying to break into the massive Continental market after a string of UK gigs were axed because of poor ticket sales.’
    • ‘The distraught parents, from a remote Continental community, were determined the operation should not go ahead.’
    • ‘The aim was for a Continental feel - a bustling central square surrounded by restaurants, bars and boutiques.’
    • ‘And it only heightened his appeal to those of us who followed the Continental cycling scene from afar.’
    • ‘For breakfast patients can order feta cheese with olives, a Continental cheese selection, a fresh fruit bowl and Earl Grey tea.’
    • ‘Visitors can indulge in Indian, Chinese or Continental cuisine as well as delights from the bakery.’
    • ‘Even as darkness fell outside the ambience of the Patio didn't dim and candles, as always, add to the Continental feel.’
    • ‘When you compare English history with Continental history you are struck immediately by some major overall differences.’
    • ‘If the Continental school day is adopted, Mr Deadman should carefully monitor the effects both inside and outside his school.’
    • ‘In fact, in a sprawling metropolis like London, there are more Indian than Continental restaurants.’
    • ‘This is a work of an accomplished sculpture and may even be the work of an Irish artist influenced by an English or Continental model.’
    • ‘So, if I were to have a fling, would you rather it be with an Irish girl or a Continental European girl.’
    • ‘Arguably, it is this route that Continental philosophy has followed ever since.’
  • 3US historical Relating to the thirteen original colonies of the US during the time of the American Revolution.

    ‘in 1783 the officers and men of the Continental forces had little to celebrate’
    • ‘Spain has not carried out its rightful purposes in the Americas, and one by one the continental colonies have freed themselves from its yoke.’

noun

  • 1An inhabitant of mainland Europe.

    • ‘If the continentals couldn't maintain an independent judicial system, then that's their fault.’
    • ‘While continentals swoon with ecstasy over white asparagus, it is the green spears we crave.’
    • ‘But if you want to really see the difference between British footballers and the continentals, just take a look at the Premier League.’
    • ‘We will have to get used to paying the kind of prices that the continentals have long paid for their central heating.’
    • ‘It proved a real eye-opener for the three continentals.’
    • ‘The decision was just one of several which has led to accusations by the continentals of British bias on the European Tour.’
    • ‘A lot of the continentals at this club already have the necessary technique.’
    • ‘There he was at Murray Park on Friday patiently informing us of the distinctions the continentals make over European trophies and the terminology utilised.’
    • ‘Doubtless the star-struck continentals displayed impressive knowledge of the Irish economic performance in recent encounters with their idol, according to Mr Ahern.’
    • ‘The continentals, especially in Italy, France and Spain, enjoy their food and take it seriously.’
    • ‘Bulls are more plentiful than we thought they would be and trade is pretty static for the quality continentals at 160-170p/kilo.’
    • ‘When the continentals faced up to a UK side yesterday, the outcome was a 6-1 win for the 22 foreigners who shared a half each.’
    • ‘The word ‘federalism’ has an entirely different meaning and historical associations for the British and the continentals.’
    • ‘Popular with rich English sailors and new-ageish, well-heeled continentals, this tiny out-of-the-way fishing village attracts property prices almost as high as the capital.’
    • ‘And they dismantled an old English prejudice that continentals could not shoot.’
    • ‘Football, whether it involves the elegant skills of the continentals or Scotland's national side finally hacking out a victory in a chilly Reykjavik, essentially takes one form.’
    • ‘It sounds like a bad, if familiar, case of practical Brits versus visionary continentals.’
    • ‘Michael sold the clean cattle, which were extremely fiery, averaging 98p through the whole market, which means that the better continentals were making well in excess of 100p.’
    • ‘And, it turns out, quite a few of these British ‘pioneer collectors’ were de facto continentals anyway.’
    • ‘They will always have a place in the hearts of the old continentals.’
  • 2US historical A member of the Continental Army.

    ‘22 Continentals were killed and scalped’
    • ‘Well for one thing, the American Continentals were wearing uniforms that usually would only be worn by officers, or rich men.’
    • ‘It was the ubiquity of the militia that made British victories over the Continentals in the field so meaningless.’
  • 3US historical A piece of paper currency issued by the Continental Congress.

    ‘the redemption of Continentals by the government’

Pronunciation

continental

/ˌkɑntəˈnɛnt(ə)l//ˌkäntəˈnent(ə)l/