Definition of European in English:



  • 1Relating to or characteristic of Europe or its inhabitants.

    ‘twentieth-century European art’
    ‘the culture and history of the European peoples’
    • ‘Also included are printed materials and ephemera that reveal the region's dialogue with European art of the period.’
    • ‘Our culture is not American music, nor is it European art.’
    • ‘Such a blend has been a characteristic of many popular European cars.’
    • ‘However, some common European characteristics of the modern welfare state existed.’
    • ‘My students have some notion of various art movements and are aware of the European stronghold on Western art until this century.’
    • ‘Modern art has roots both in Slovak folk themes and in European art in general.’
    • ‘This is characteristic of most Western European music and some music from other cultures.’
    • ‘It was better than expected and has more European characteristics than you find in most beers from Central and South America.’
    • ‘It allows a Scottish audience to sample the true flavour of contemporary European art.’
    • ‘The Israeli style is highly influenced by European art, but much of it deals explicitly with Jewish themes and issues.’
    • ‘The nature and function of trade marks and the extent and characteristics of these European principles will be considered below.’
    • ‘Shortly thereafter, French missionaries became the first European inhabitants of the island.’
    • ‘Their exhibitions were intended to promote a distinct American Impressionism and to wean American patrons from European art.’
    • ‘Asian auto makers are mastering the art of European automobile allure.’
    • ‘Today Walter sounds like an American, whereas Henry has a characteristic European accent.’
    • ‘This foundation collection consists largely of 19th century and contemporary British and other European art.’
    • ‘Their style of painting was quite realistic in contrast with the abstract European art that was being brought into America.’
    • ‘Reynolds sought to give new dignity to British portraiture by relating it to the Grand Style of European art.’
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    1. 1.1 Relating to the European Union.
      ‘a single European currency’
      • ‘Under capitalism European unification means the domination of the continent by the strongest imperialist powers.’
      • ‘Do you mean, what about regional devolution like that which might occur under a federal European government?’
      • ‘He knew almost all the leaders of the European parties of Social Democracy.’
      • ‘The single European market and currency and the coming expansion eastward have given Europe a high degree of economic integration.’
      • ‘There was also to be a debate on Europe, where both motions up for discussion call for a no vote in any referendum on the European constitution.’
      • ‘The UK is covered under the European Convention on Human Rights.’
      • ‘But the idea of working with European partners on foreign policy and security issues is gaining favor.’
      • ‘The furore is over the referendum over the European constitution, and whether Britain should adopt the euro currency.’
      • ‘The current process of European unification is painful in many ways.’
      • ‘They lost two seats, while others won European seats in both Northern and Southern Ireland.’
      • ‘To do so would breach the Refugee Convention and European Convention on Human Rights.’
      • ‘Every successful attack made by US capital on its workers increases the pressure on European capitalists and their governments to do the same.’
      • ‘In fact, the joint European currency union was organised in similar empirical fashion.’
      • ‘In Britain he is looking to wriggle out of a promised referendum on the European constitution, as he will almost certainly lose it.’
      • ‘The recent decision to grant a referendum on the European constitution in the near future is a reflection of this.’
      • ‘I'm voting Green in the European elections and Lib Dem in the locals.’
      • ‘After all, what lies at the heart of European absolutism or Russian autocracy?’
      • ‘The French president was chastened by the recent defeat of his European constitution referendum initiative.’
      • ‘Instead we would be following the reformist line of European social democracy, for as long as it lasts.’
      • ‘His U-turn on a referendum on the European constitution is a sign of his weakness.’


  • 1A native or inhabitant of Europe.

    • ‘In this sense, he correctly talks of the Europeans as usurpers of native right.’
    • ‘Although Americans assumed it had native origins, Europeans brought forth their own theories of its origins.’
    • ‘The term derives from the Turkish sipahi, also the root of sepoy, the word used by Europeans for native Indian soldiers.’
    • ‘Initially set up in 1997, the company now sells to the European, Asian and American markets and employs six people.’
    • ‘On this, the Americans, Europeans and Asians I met this January seem agreed.’
    • ‘And so West Europeans welcome East Europeans to their family of nations but then won't have them about the house.’
    • ‘He was part Indian, part European and founded the Native American Studies Program at Dartmouth College.’
    • ‘The natives battled with the Europeans during this period, and were defeated.’
    • ‘Indians and African Americans could mimic the Europeans for their own ends, while also preserving their own rituals.’
    • ‘For example, both Native Americans and Europeans used awls to produce clothing, bags, and leggings.’
    • ‘Most critical is how Americans and Europeans, including Britons, face up as communities to problems.’
    • ‘Unsurprisingly, the Ohioans strongly resented being lectured to on the foolishness of their national leader by some random bunch of erudite Europeans.’
    • ‘It is very different between the Americans, the Europeans and the Asians.’
    • ‘For almost all northern Europeans, national identity continues to be wrapped up in, and equated with, ethnic background.’
    • ‘There were Asians, Africans, Europeans, the feminine and the androgynous, the young and mature, all vying for the available trade.’
    • ‘The second part focuses on the ways that Native Americans and Europeans adjusted to this new commerce.’
    • ‘Arter suggested that the positive vote of this younger group was a vote for a new national identity as west Europeans.’
    1. 1.1 A national of a state belonging to the European Union.
      • ‘Eighty percent of the world's national boundaries have been drawn up by Europeans.’
      • ‘It takes time for Europeans, or any other nation for that matter, to internalize the truth.’
      • ‘Above all the Europeans have learned to live without full national sovereignty.’
      • ‘It also encompasses interactions with Europeans and national and regional officials and institutions.’
      • ‘However, among those Europeans who do support superpower status for the EU, the rationales vary in a telling way.’
      • ‘The Europeans would support the United States government, on such a policy.’
      • ‘If the United Nations is ignored then the Europeans would no longer support the anti-terror struggle, he declared.’
      • ‘Look at Europe, many Europeans say, we have eradicated wars, dangerous nationalism and dictatorships.’
      • ‘But Europeans see democratic legitimacy as flowing from the will of the international community.’
      • ‘At the same time, Europeans are clearly not ready for continent-wide, full-fledged democracy.’
      • ‘I think Europeans would tend to support it, without U.S. pressure to the contrary.’
      • ‘A fetac Award is like a passport with national and most importantly, as Europeans, international recognition.’
      • ‘But it is not a democratic model that Europeans can readily recognize.’
      • ‘There is broad opposition among Europeans to admitting the poor, largely Muslim nation of 70 million.’
      • ‘Most Europeans can name who is in charge of their municipal services.’
      • ‘The success of Denmark and other nations gives the Europeans a benchmark against which to measure their efforts.’
      • ‘The problem for the Europeans is that Europe is a collection of nation states with competing interests.’
      • ‘To Americans, the national flag has a depth of meaning that Europeans find hard to understand.’
      • ‘The majority of Europeans are not willing to support such radical parties.’
      • ‘So this particular protocol suits the Europeans, but it does not suit many other nations of the world.’
    2. 1.2 A person who is committed to the European Union.
      ‘they claimed to be the party of good Europeans’
      • ‘This is the fact that French leaders have been at once passionate patriots and passionate Europeans, a combination which leaves the British incredulous.’
    3. 1.3 A person of European parentage.
      • ‘The remainder are Indians, Pakistanis, other Asians, Arabs, Europeans, and groups of mixed ancestry.’
      • ‘The gap between African Americans and Europeans continues to grow throughout the schooling process.’
      • ‘Coffee companies don't belong to Ugandans, they belong to white Europeans, to muzungus.’
      • ‘It is surprising that another emotive word like tribe is still used to describe ethnic groupings in Africa when Europeans are called nationals.’
      • ‘Portuguese, Chinese, Amerindians, and other Europeans make up the remainder of the population.’


From French européen, from Latin europaeus, based on Greek Eurōpē ‘Europe’.