Meaning of “continent” in the English Dictionary

"continent" in British English

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continentnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɒn.tɪ.nənt/ us /ˈkɑːn.t̬ən.ənt/

B1 one of the seven large land masses on the earth's surface, surrounded, or mainly surrounded, by sea and usually consisting of various countries:

the North American continent
the continents of Asia and Africa

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continental
adjective uk /ˌkɒn.tɪˈnen.təl/ us /ˌkɑːn.t̬ənˈen.t̬əl/

C2

continental waters

continentadjective

uk /ˈkɒn.tɪ.nənt/ us /ˈkɑːn.t̬ən.ənt/

the Continentnoun [ S ]

uk /ˈkɒn.tɪ.nənt/ us /ˈkɑːn.t̬ən.ənt/ mainly UK

Europe, especially western Europe, but not including the British Isles:

Driving on the Continent is very different to driving in Britain.
Continental
adjective also continental uk /ˌkɒn.tɪˈnen.təl/ us /ˌkɑːn.t̬ənˈen.t̬əl/

She preferred the continental way of life.
Continental
noun [ C ] also continental uk /ˌkɒn.tɪˈnen.təl/ us /ˌkɑːn.t̬ənˈen.t̬əl/ mainly UK old-fashioned

someone who comes from Europe but not the British Isles

(Definition of “continent” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"continent" in American English

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continentnoun [ C ]

us /ˈkɑn·tən·ənt, -tə·nənt/

one of the seven large land masses on the earth’s surface, surrounded or mainly surrounded by sea:

Asia and Africa are the two biggest continents.
continental
adjective [ not gradable ] us /ˌkɑn·tənˈen·təl, -təˈnen-/

(Definition of “continent” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"continent" in Business English

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continentnoun

uk /ˈkɒntɪnənt/ us

[ C ] one of the seven large land masses on the Earth's surface:

The company has production plants in every continent except Australia.
the Continent UK old-fashioned

Europe, especially Western Europe, but not including the British Isles:

Many of the jobs will be lost, not in Britain, but in branches on the Continent.
continental

continental countries/Europe/markets 40% of the company's investors and its deals come from continental Europe.

(Definition of “continent” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)