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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: continens 'continuous area of land', from continere; CONTAIN

continent

1 noun
     
Related topics: Geography
con‧ti‧nent1 [countable]
1SG a large mass of land surrounded by sea:
the continents of Asia and Africa
2

the Continent

British English old-fashionedSG Western Europe, not including Britain

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