(noun, adjective)


1. of or pertaining to or typical of Europe

- a Continental breakfast

2. of or relating to or concerning the American colonies during and immediately after the American Revolutionary War

- the Continental Army

- the Continental Congress

3. of or relating to or characteristic of a continent

- the continental divide

- continental drift

4. being or concerning or limited to a continent especially the continents of North America or Europe

- the continental United States

- continental Europe

- continental waters

Similar word(s): transcontinental

Sentences with continental as an adjective:

- continental breakfast

- continental money


1. Someone from the continent.

2. (US, historical) A member of the Continental army.

3. (US, historical) Paper scrip (paper money) issued by the continental congress, largely worthless by the end of the war (hence the expression "not worth a continental")