Definition of subcontinent in English:


Line breaks: sub|con¦tin¦ent
Pronunciation: /sʌbˈkɒntɪnənt


  • A large distinguishable part of a continent, such as North America or the part of Asia containing India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.
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    • Chutzpah and discipline more than muscle built the Empire on the subcontinent.
    • They can bind relationships even beyond the mental and geographical barriers of a subcontinent.
    • This system will develop over the southeastern subcontinent and may reach Namibia's eastern parts.



Pronunciation: /-ˈnɛnt(ə)l/
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  • Does the richness of the tradition of argument make much difference to subcontinental lives today?
  • Dismissing, optimistically, the threats of African AIDS and Indian subcontinental nuclear lunacy, there will be huge population pressures in the poorer countries over the next few decades.
  • I had 20-page faxes of handwritten itineraries, imploring phone calls in the middle of the night, notes from strangers, the itinerant yogis of subcontinental tourism.

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