a style of cooking that includes the better-known dishes of various western European countries.

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  • Continentalism

    [kon-tn-en-tl-iz-uh m] /ˌkɒn tnˈɛn tlˌɪz əm/ noun 1. an attitude, expression, etc., characteristic of a continent, especially of Europe. 2. an attitude or policy of favoritism or partiality to a continent: American continentalism. 3. the belief or doctrine that the U.S. and Canada should merge into a North American nation, especially for mutual economic benefit.

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  • Continentalize

    [kon-tn-en-tl-ahyz] /ˌkɒn tnˈɛn tlˌaɪz/ verb (used with object), continentalized, continentalizing. 1. to make , as in scope or character. 2. (sometimes initial capital letter) to influence with European ideas or culture.

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