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English definition of “the Continent”

the Continent

noun [S]     mainly UK
Europe, especially western Europe, but not including the British Isles: He found driving on the Continent very different to Britain.Continents and regions of the worldCountry namesCountry and nation Continental (also continental)     /ˌkɒn.tɪˈnen.təl/ US  /ˌkɑːn.t̬ənˈen.t̬əl/ adjective She preferred the continental way of life.Continents and regions of the worldCountry namesCountry and nation Continental (also continental)     /ˌkɒn.tɪˈnen.təl/ US  /ˌkɑːn.t̬ənˈen.t̬əl/ noun [C] mainly UK old-fashioned someone who comes from Europe but not the British IslesPeople of specific racial or ethnic background
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