Definition of continent noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkɒntɪnənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːntɪnənt//
    The Earth and the atmosphere
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  1. 1  [countable] one of the large land masses of the earth such as Europe, Asia or Africa the continent of Africa the African continent See related entries: The Earth and the atmosphere
  2. 2the Continent [singular] (British English) the main part of the continent of Europe, not including Britain or Ireland We're going to spend a weekend on the Continent.
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent. (denoting a continuous tract of land): from Latin terra continens ‘continuous land’.Extra examples He crossed a whole continent to find his family. He journeyed across continents in his quest for adventure. The evidence that the continents have drifted is overwhelming. The police investigation spanned three continents. Wolves are still found on the continent of Europe. the first railway to cross the North American continent

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