Definition of European in US English:



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

    • ‘The Israeli style is highly influenced by European art, but much of it deals explicitly with Jewish themes and issues.’
    • ‘This is characteristic of most Western European music and some music from other cultures.’
    • ‘Shortly thereafter, French missionaries became the first European inhabitants of the island.’
    • ‘It was better than expected and has more European characteristics than you find in most beers from Central and South America.’
    • ‘Such a blend has been a characteristic of many popular European cars.’
    • ‘Their style of painting was quite realistic in contrast with the abstract European art that was being brought into America.’
    • ‘Asian auto makers are mastering the art of European automobile allure.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their exhibitions were intended to promote a distinct American Impressionism and to wean American patrons from European art.’
    • ‘This foundation collection consists largely of 19th century and contemporary British and other European art.’
    • ‘The nature and function of trade marks and the extent and characteristics of these European principles will be considered below.’
    • ‘It allows a Scottish audience to sample the true flavour of contemporary European art.’
    • ‘We Europeans may take Palestinian land to give it to former European inhabitants, the Jews.’
    • ‘However, some common European characteristics of the modern welfare state existed.’
    • ‘Today Walter sounds like an American, whereas Henry has a characteristic European accent.’
    • ‘Our culture is not American music, nor is it European art.’
    • ‘It may be that the sources of self-esteem are different for African Americans and European Americans.’
    • ‘Also included are printed materials and ephemera that reveal the region's dialogue with European art of the period.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘His U-turn on a referendum on the European constitution is a sign of his weakness.’
      • ‘To do so would breach the Refugee Convention and European Convention on Human Rights.’
      • ‘In fact, the joint European currency union was organised in similar empirical fashion.’
      • ‘The UK is covered under the European Convention on Human Rights.’
      • ‘Instead we would be following the reformist line of European social democracy, for as long as it lasts.’
      • ‘Do you mean, what about regional devolution like that which might occur under a federal European government?’
      • ‘The French president was chastened by the recent defeat of his European constitution referendum initiative.’
      • ‘The current process of European unification is painful in many ways.’
      • ‘He knew almost all the leaders of the European parties of Social Democracy.’
      • ‘They lost two seats, while others won European seats in both Northern and Southern Ireland.’
      • ‘The recent decision to grant a referendum on the European constitution in the near future is a reflection of this.’
      • ‘After all, what lies at the heart of European absolutism or Russian autocracy?’
      • ‘The furore is over the referendum over the European constitution, and whether Britain should adopt the euro currency.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But the idea of working with European partners on foreign policy and security issues is gaining favor.’
      • ‘In Britain he is looking to wriggle out of a promised referendum on the European constitution, as he will almost certainly lose it.’
      • ‘The single European market and currency and the coming expansion eastward have given Europe a high degree of economic integration.’
      • ‘Every successful attack made by US capital on its workers increases the pressure on European capitalists and their governments to do the same.’
      • ‘I'm voting Green in the European elections and Lib Dem in the locals.’
      • ‘Under capitalism European unification means the domination of the continent by the strongest imperialist powers.’


  • 1A native or inhabitant of Europe.

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


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