Of or pertaining to a continent.
Of or pertaining to the main land of Europe, in distinction from the adjacent islands, especially England; as, a continental tour; a continental coalition.
Of or pertaining to the confederated colonies collectively, in the time of the Revolutionary War; as, Continental money.
A soldier in the Continental army. See Continental, a., 3.
a piece of the Continental currency, paper money issued under authority of the Continental Congress. See Continental, a., 3.
of or pertaining to or typical of Europe; "a Continental breakfast"
of or relating to or concerning the American colonies during and immediately after the Revolutionary War; "the Continental Army"; "the Continental Congress"
being or concerning or limited to a continent especially the continents of North America or Europe; "the continental United States"; "continental Europe"; "continental waters"
The Continental was the name of a paper currency issued by several American Colonies, as well as by the Continental Congress, after the Revolutionary War began in 1775. With no solid backing and being easily counterfeited, the continentals quickly lost their value, giving voice to the phrase "not worth a continental".