A subcontinent is a large, relatively self-contained landmass forming a subdivision of a continent. By dictionary entries, the term subcontinent signifies "having a certain geographical or political independence" from the rest of the continent, or "a vast and more or less self-contained subdivision of a continent."
Used on its own in English, the phrase "the Subcontinent" commonly refers to the Indian subcontinent, which includes the countries of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka.
- rd English Dictionary 2nd edition. 1989. Oxford University Press.
- Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. 2002. Merriam-Webster. retrieved 11 March 2007.
- The history of India – By John McLeod
- Milton Walter Meyer, South Asia: A Short History of the Subcontinent, pages 1, Adams Littlefield, 1976, ISBN 0-8226-0034-X