Continents Vocabulary

A continent is one of the world's main continuous pieces of land. (The word continent comes from the Latin terra continens, meaning "continuous land".) Continent is a geographical term, not political (continents are not man-made).

Unfortunately, even the experts cannot agree on how many continents there are:

This chart lists what is probably the most widely-accepted number of continents (7), and shows the associated adjective and the noun used for a person from each continent:

continent adjective person
Africa African an African
Antarctica Antarctic -
Asia Asian an Asian
Europe European a European
North America North American a North American
Oceania Oceanian an Oceanian
South America South American a South American
Curiously, we have a word for somebody who comes from the planet Mars (a Martian), but we have no word for somebody who comes from the continent Antarctica ;)