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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a continent.
  • adj. Of or relating to the mainland of Europe; European.
  • adj. Of or relating to the American colonies during and immediately after the American Revolution.
  • adj. Used as an intensive: "Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine,/The continental liar from the state of Maine.” ( Grover Cleveland).
  • n. An inhabitant of a continent.
  • n. An inhabitant of the mainland of Europe; a European.
  • n. A native of the continental United States living or working in Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • n. A soldier in the American army during the American Revolution.
  • n. A piece of paper money issued by the Continental Congress during the American Revolution.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or relating to a continent or continents.
  • adj. In the main part of a country or region, as opposed to on one of its islands.
  • adj. Characteristic of the style of continental Europe, as opposed to British.
  • n. Someone from "the continent".
  • n. A member of the Continental army.
  • n. Paper scrip (paper money) issued by the continental congress, largely worthless by the end of the war (hence the expression "not worth a continental")

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a continent.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the main land of Europe, in distinction from the adjacent islands, especially England.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the confederated colonies collectively, in the time of the Revolutionary War.
  • n. A soldier in the Continental army. See continental, a., 3.
  • n. a piece of the Continental currency, paper money issued under authority of the Continental Congress. See Continental, a., 3.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating or pertaining to, or of the nature of, a continent; entitled to be considered a continent.
  • Characteristic of a continent: opposed to insular: as, a continental climate. See below.
  • Specifically, of or belonging to the continent, as distinguished from adjacent islands, and especially to the continent of Europe: as, the continental press; the continental Sunday.
  • Inclined to favor a strengthening of the general government and an increase of unity among the colonies.
  • n. A native or an inhabitant of a continent, specifically of the continent of Europe.
  • n. In American history, a soldier of the regular army of the revolted colonies in the war of independence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or concerning the American colonies during and immediately after the American Revolutionary War
  • adj. of or relating to or characteristic of a continent
  • adj. being or concerning or limited to a continent especially the continents of North America or Europe
  • adj. of or pertaining to or typical of Europe

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