Definition of Eurasian in English:


Pronunciation /jʊ(ə)ˈreɪʒ(ə)n//jʊ(ə)ˈreɪʃ(ə)n/


  • 1Of mixed European (or European-American) and Asian parentage.

    • ‘The ‘it’ she claims to have put behind her is her discomfort in being married to a Eurasian and having a Eurasian child.’
    • ‘The interaction between the Eurasian pastoral nomads and the surrounding sedentary societies is a major theme in world history.’
    • ‘Although she is Eurasian she has lived all her life in Patusan; can she not claim to be more of a ‘native’ than the Bugis Doramin or even the Malay Rajah Allang, who are both relatively recent immigrants?’
    • ‘His mother went to Singapore for his birth, but with his father's return to a jungle lifestyle, Andrew was partly raised by a childless Eurasian couple in Singapore who became his foster parents.’
    • ‘Until the late eighteenth century, British residents in India found both intermarriage and the existence of a Eurasian community more acceptable than was later the case.’
    • ‘Thus, including the elected representatives, there were 12 European or Eurasian members of the Municipal Commission out of the total of 25.’
    • ‘All three Canadian born dramatists are of Asian or Eurasian descent.’
    • ‘When he imagined the figure of a Eurasian woman of Dutch and Indonesian parentage, slim and tall with a sharp, well-formed nose and fair skin, he would have agree that normally, he would have been easily attracted to her.’
    • ‘This legal in-betweenness had a profound effect on the ability of the Eurasian community to prosper, a fact that must not be forgotten when we investigate how it is transformed in literature into cultural in-betweenness.’
  • 2Relating to Eurasia.

    • ‘Yellow starthistle is a highly competitive diploid winter annual of Eurasian origin that is advancing steadily on western rangelands of the United States.’
    • ‘Samples of 73 Eurasian otters were obtained from eight European countries.’
    • ‘McNeill now sees the 1700 BC date as signifying the beginning of a general process in which civilizations came into increasing contact with each other eventually forming one Eurasian system.’
    • ‘In the Sumatra region, the Indian and Australian plates are slowly creeping alongside and - in a process called subduction - diving beneath, the Burma plate, part of the larger Eurasian plate.’
    • ‘Changes to these policies have had the effect of turning Australia into something of a Eurasian melting pot; 32 percent of immigrants now come from less-developed Asian countries.’
    • ‘The status of the book was a dramatic illustration of the fact that the language of the tribesmen of Arabia had become that of a major Eurasian civilization.’
    • ‘Age-related trends in different aspects of the breeding performance of individual female Eurasian sparrowhawks’
    • ‘The fall of the Soviet Union raised the possibility of ethnic conflict and political breakdown throughout the Eurasian landmass.’
    • ‘In recent years, a new ideology has gained adherents among Russian elites: ‘Eurasianism,’ the belief that Russia must reassert its dominance over the Eurasian landmass.’
    • ‘We don't have the means to take on Africa directly, but if we have a successful development program in Eurasia, Eurasian development will, with Eurasian cooperation, finally spill into bringing justice into Africa.’
    • ‘It is clear that they were living somewhere on the Eurasian continent and diverged from other Slavs.’
    • ‘Rather than the field-hollers and blues which fiery US free jazz draws on, Parker animates the spirit of ethnic Eurasian social and ritual music; a communal music, full of group interaction, as with improvised jazz.’
    • ‘Although the overlap of home ranges may not indicate social association, in Eurasian otters inhabiting marine habitats, females who forage individually defend a group territory.’
    • ‘The papers beginning to emerge from those collections are transforming our understanding of genetic variation among Holarctic species groups and revising our understanding of species limits in Eurasian birds.’
    • ‘Depending on the degree to which wagtails bred in areas of permafrost, one might posit that the species have recently recolonized the northern reaches of their current Eurasian ranges, following climatic amelioration.’
    • ‘Within Malaysian society there is a Malay culture, a Chinese culture, an Indian culture, a Eurasian culture, along with the cultures of the indigenous groups of the peninsula and north Borneo.’
    • ‘Early Carboniferous coral faunas of the block have a strong Eurasian affinity, with two recognized coral faunas from two ecological facies having been recognized.’
    • ‘In northern continental Europe, Eurasian cranes are fairly widespread during summer months in countries such as Sweden, Finland, and Poland.’
    • ‘However, only incomplete information is available about the origin of most of the founders of European captive populations of the Eurasian otter.’
    • ‘Europe depends largely upon Eurasian markets, for its survival; that is, continental Europe, in the postwar period.’


  • A person of mixed European (or European-American) and Asian parentage.

    • ‘These professions, however, are gravely undermined by the fact that she herself has married a Eurasian.’
    • ‘Ana is a mestiza, a Eurasian from a Portuguese colony in Africa that is never named.’
    • ‘In 1786 an order was issued disallowing students of the Upper Orphanage School at Calcutta, comprised primarily of Eurasians, to journey to England for their education.’
    • ‘Similarly, the disconcerting inability to distinguish between Christian Eurasians and the British on the basis of religion is redeemed through an appeal to the rhetoric of race.’
    • ‘She defends all Chinese against US and Canadian discriminatory policies, yet her sympathies lean heavily towards the mistreatment of Eurasians.’
    • ‘After Laurence delivers this overview of the Eurasian's character, Lyndsay gives ‘a small fastidious shiver of disgust’ and muses.’
    • ‘The racial mixing physically embodied in the Eurasian becomes representative of a world vision wherein interracial hatred has ceased to exist.’
    • ‘Undertaking a literary analysis that examines fictional representations of Eurasians in light of the silenced history of actual experience demonstrates that hybridity is a constructed category.’
    • ‘Evolutionary psychologists say it's because Eurasians and other mixed race individuals appear healthier.’
    • ‘Most literary criticism analyzing interracial marriages in colonial India discusses the problems of transgressing established racial boundaries, and in so doing it generally classes Eurasians and Indians together as equal threats.’
    • ‘The island nation's population of almost four million comprises 77 per cent Chinese, 14 per cent Malays, eight per cent Indian and one per cent Eurasians and people of other descent.’
    • ‘The Eurasians held that the war in Europe and the revolution in Russia were not simply political catastrophes but signs of the breakdown of European culture.’
    • ‘Allegations emerged in November that he was having an affair with his English translator, an attractive Eurasian who doubles as his international-policy adviser.’
    • ‘This is the first book to offer a thorough English-language study on the vicissitudes of the Dutch and Dutch Eurasians during the Japanese occupation of the East Indies.’
    • ‘But they remained the only significant actors in lands that other types of unit shunned (the far north) and where the Eurasians had not yet been able to reach (Australasia, Oceania, and much of the Americas).’
    • ‘For the unique problem of the Eurasian is that the crossing of the racial boundary is a fait accompli.’
    • ‘Other groups include Arabs, Armenians, and Eurasians.’
    • ‘To test the mettle of the language-tree approach, researchers have been building hierarchies for Pacific islanders, sub-Saharan Africans, and Eurasians from Iceland to Bangladesh.’
    • ‘The African diversity estimate is even higher than that between Africans and Eurasians.’
    • ‘Locals are very proud of the fact that the major ethnic groups - the Chinese, Indians, Malays and Eurasians - live harmoniously together.’


In the 19th century the word Eurasian was normally used to refer to a person of mixed British and Indian parentage. In its modern uses, however, the term is more often used to refer to a person of mixed white American and SE Asian parentage