European

1 of 2

adjective

Eu·​ro·​pe·​an ˌyu̇r-ə-ˈpē-ən How to pronounce European (audio)
-ˈpēn
: of, relating to, or characteristic of Europe or its people
Europeanness noun

European

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noun

1
: a native or inhabitant of Europe
2
: a person of European descent

Examples of European in a Sentence

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Adjective
After far-right gains in several European countries, most notably in the Netherlands and Italy, Germany may follow suit. Sebastian Shukla, CNN, 9 Feb. 2024 As opposed to European football, where wage bills are effectively unlimited and spiraling upwards, labor costs are tightly controlled through a collective bargaining agreement that extends to 2030. Ira Boudway, Fortune, 9 Feb. 2024 In the rubble of Gaza, U.S., European and Arab officials all see the need for the restoration of a political process between Israel and the Palestinians. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2024 The Taste of Things is unapologetically European, but middling reviews can’t negate the film’s exquisite connection of Dodin and Eugénie’s expertise to everyone’s innate desire to love and create. Armond White, National Review, 9 Feb. 2024 Arm is now approaching the top 10 for semiconductor stocks in terms of valuation, and will undoubtedly be looking toward European rival ASML for its next scalp. Ryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 9 Feb. 2024 Since the start of the war, U.S. and European government officials have visited Unit City; so have tech executives and luminaries like Vitalik Buterin, a creator of the Ethereum cryptocurrency blockchain. TIME, 8 Feb. 2024 Using African, Caribbean, African-American, Native American, and European ingredients and cooking techniques, food activist and chef Bryant Terry reinterprets some of the most popular soul food dishes, including some of his childhood favorites. L. Daniela Alvarez, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Feb. 2024 The European economy, hobbled by unfamiliar weakness in Germany, is barely growing. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, 28 Jan. 2024
Noun
The divisions have played into the hands of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), an anti-immigration party that wants Germany to leave the European Union and which has been gaining support in some eastern states. Hanna Ziady, CNN, 10 Feb. 2024 The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, has made some concessions over the past few weeks, including shelving plans to halve the use of pesticides and other dangerous substances. CiarÁn Giles and Monika Scislowska The Associated Press, arkansasonline.com, 10 Feb. 2024 The alternative option is for airlines to either use their own measurements or use standard weights defined by the European Union Aviation Safety Authority. Adela Suliman, Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2024 The European Central Bank is concerned that banks in the region have been too slow to mark down the value of loans and the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority is to review valuations in private markets, including real estate. Neil Callanan, Fortune, 9 Feb. 2024 The European Union’s climate disclosure rules, for example, will hit U.S. businesses with a significant presence on the continent in 2025. Justin Worland, TIME, 9 Feb. 2024 Beta Cinema has acquired international sales rights to the film, and will launch sales at next week’s European Film Market. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 9 Feb. 2024 President Zelenskyy succeeded in securing about $54 billion in fresh support from the European Union last week, as Hungary lifted its veto on further Ukraine aid. Anna Mulrine Grobe, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Feb. 2024 Sanctions will have a long-term impact on the Russian economy, according to the European Commission. Tim Lister, CNN, 29 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1555, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of European was in 1555

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Cite this Entry

“European.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/European. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

European

1 of 2 adjective
Eu·​ro·​pe·​an ˌyu̇r-ə-ˈpē-ən How to pronounce European (audio)
: of or relating to Europe or its people

European

2 of 2 noun
1
: a person born or living in Europe
2
: a person of European ancestry
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