1. Of or pertaining to a continent.
2. Of or pertaining to the main land of Europe, in distinction from the adjacent islands, especially England; as, a continental tour; a continental coalition.
No former king had involved himself so frequently in the labyrinth of continental alliances.
3. Amer. Hist. Of or pertaining to the confederated colonies collectively, in the time of the Revolutionary War; as, Continental money.
The army before Boston was designated as the Continental army, in contradistinction to that under General Gage, which was called the =\“Ministerial army.”\= --W. Irving.
Continental Congress. See under Congress.
Continental system Hist., the blockade of Great Britain ordered by Napoleon by the decree of Berlin, Nov. 21, 1806; the object being to strike a blow at the maritime and commercial supremacy of Great Britain, by cutting her off from all intercourse with the continent of Europe.
1. Amer. Hist. A soldier in the Continental army. See Continental, a., 3.
2. Amer. Hist. a piece of the Continental currency, paper money issued under authority of the Continental Congress. See Continental, a., 3.
adj 1: of or pertaining to or typical of Europe; "a Continental
2: of or relating to or concerning the American colonies during
and immediately after the 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"