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the Continentnoun [S]

uk   /ˈkɒn.tɪ.nənt/  us   /ˈkɑːn.t̬ən.ənt/ mainly UK
Europe, ​especiallywesternEurope, 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
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