Meaning of European in English:


Pronunciation /ˌjʊərəˈpiːən/

Translate European into Spanish


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

    ‘twentieth-century European art’
    • ‘the culture and history of the European peoples’
    • ‘Today Walter sounds like an American, whereas Henry has a characteristic European accent.’
    • ‘Shortly thereafter, French missionaries became the first European inhabitants of the island.’
    • ‘Such a blend has been a characteristic of many popular European cars.’
    • ‘It was better than expected and has more European characteristics than you find in most beers from Central and South America.’
    • ‘The nature and function of trade marks and the extent and characteristics of these European principles will be considered below.’
    • ‘This is characteristic of most Western European music and some music from other cultures.’
    • ‘This foundation collection consists largely of 19th century and contemporary British and other European art.’
    • ‘Their exhibitions were intended to promote a distinct American Impressionism and to wean American patrons from European art.’
    • ‘However, some common European characteristics of the modern welfare state existed.’
    • ‘Asian auto makers are mastering the art of European automobile allure.’
    • ‘The Israeli style is highly influenced by European art, but much of it deals explicitly with Jewish themes and issues.’
    • ‘It allows a Scottish audience to sample the true flavour of contemporary European art.’
    • ‘Our culture is not American music, nor is it European art.’
    • ‘Reynolds sought to give new dignity to British portraiture by relating it to the Grand Style of European art.’
    • ‘Modern art has roots both in Slovak folk themes and in European art in general.’
    • ‘Their style of painting was quite realistic in contrast with the abstract European art that was being brought into America.’
    • ‘My students have some notion of various art movements and are aware of the European stronghold on Western art until this century.’
    • ‘Also included are printed materials and ephemera that reveal the region's dialogue with European art of the period.’
    Caucasian, European, non-black
    1. 1.1Relating to the European Union.
      ‘a single European currency’
      • ‘Under capitalism European unification means the domination of the continent by the strongest imperialist powers.’
      • ‘I'm voting Green in the European elections and Lib Dem in the locals.’
      • ‘But the idea of working with European partners on foreign policy and security issues is gaining favor.’
      • ‘Every successful attack made by US capital on its workers increases the pressure on European capitalists and their governments to do the same.’
      • ‘Instead we would be following the reformist line of European social democracy, for as long as it lasts.’
      • ‘The furore is over the referendum over the European constitution, and whether Britain should adopt the euro currency.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He knew almost all the leaders of the European parties of Social Democracy.’
      • ‘In fact, the joint European currency union was organised in similar empirical fashion.’
      • ‘The UK is covered under the European Convention on Human Rights.’
      • ‘The single European market and currency and the coming expansion eastward have given Europe a high degree of economic integration.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In Britain he is looking to wriggle out of a promised referendum on the European constitution, as he will almost certainly lose it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His U-turn on a referendum on the European constitution is a sign of his weakness.’
      • ‘Do you mean, what about regional devolution like that which might occur under a federal European government?’
      • ‘The recent decision to grant a referendum on the European constitution in the near future is a reflection of this.’
      • ‘To do so would breach the Refugee Convention and European Convention on Human Rights.’


  • 1A native or inhabitant of Europe.

    ‘For example, both Native Americans and Europeans used awls to produce clothing, bags, and leggings.’
    • ‘The second part focuses on the ways that Native Americans and Europeans adjusted to this new commerce.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was part Indian, part European and founded the Native American Studies Program at Dartmouth College.’
    • ‘It is very different between the Americans, the Europeans and the Asians.’
    • ‘On this, the Americans, Europeans and Asians I met this January seem agreed.’
    • ‘Indians and African Americans could mimic the Europeans for their own ends, while also preserving their own rituals.’
    • ‘Although Americans assumed it had native origins, Europeans brought forth their own theories of its origins.’
    • ‘Most critical is how Americans and Europeans, including Britons, face up as communities to problems.’
    • ‘There were Asians, Africans, Europeans, the feminine and the androgynous, the young and mature, all vying for the available trade.’
    • ‘The natives battled with the Europeans during this period, and were defeated.’
    • ‘In this sense, he correctly talks of the Europeans as usurpers of native right.’
    • ‘For almost all northern Europeans, national identity continues to be wrapped up in, and equated with, ethnic background.’
    • ‘Unsurprisingly, the Ohioans strongly resented being lectured to on the foolishness of their national leader by some random bunch of erudite Europeans.’
    • ‘Arter suggested that the positive vote of this younger group was a vote for a new national identity as west Europeans.’
    • ‘And so West Europeans welcome East Europeans to their family of nations but then won't have them about the house.’
    1. 1.1A national of a state belonging to the European Union.
      ‘It also encompasses interactions with Europeans and national and regional officials and institutions.’
      • ‘A fetac Award is like a passport with national and most importantly, as Europeans, international recognition.’
      • ‘To Americans, the national flag has a depth of meaning that Europeans find hard to understand.’
      • ‘Look at Europe, many Europeans say, we have eradicated wars, dangerous nationalism and dictatorships.’
      • ‘It takes time for Europeans, or any other nation for that matter, to internalize the truth.’
      • ‘The success of Denmark and other nations gives the Europeans a benchmark against which to measure their efforts.’
      • ‘Above all the Europeans have learned to live without full national sovereignty.’
      • ‘Eighty percent of the world's national boundaries have been drawn up by Europeans.’
      • ‘However, among those Europeans who do support superpower status for the EU, the rationales vary in a telling way.’
      • ‘If the United Nations is ignored then the Europeans would no longer support the anti-terror struggle, he declared.’
      • ‘The Europeans would support the United States government, on such a policy.’
      • ‘I think Europeans would tend to support it, without U.S. pressure to the contrary.’
      • ‘But it is not a democratic model that Europeans can readily recognize.’
      • ‘But Europeans see democratic legitimacy as flowing from the will of the international community.’
      • ‘The problem for the Europeans is that Europe is a collection of nation states with competing interests.’
      • ‘At the same time, Europeans are clearly not ready for continent-wide, full-fledged democracy.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2A 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. 1.3A person of European parentage.
      ‘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.’
      • ‘The gap between African Americans and Europeans continues to grow throughout the schooling process.’
      • ‘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.’


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