non-Eu·​ro·​pe·​an ˌnän-ˌyu̇r-ə-ˈpē-ən How to pronounce non-European (audio)
: not of, relating to, or characteristic of Europe or its people : not European
non-European languages/populations
non-European noun
met many non-Europeans during her travels

Examples of non-European in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Contemporary dismissals of Enlightenment thinkers forget that those thinkers invented the concept of Eurocentrism, and urged their readers to consider the world from non-European perspectives. Susan Neiman, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2024 Founded in 1956 to help unite a continent scarred by World War II, Eurovision has grown to include 37 countries, including non-European nations like Australia and Israel. Andrew Jones, NBC News, 2 Mar. 2024 Racial segregation and the violent suppression of democracy among its Black citizens had become a liability for the United States during the Cold War, as the nation sought to stymie Communism’s attraction in non-European nations. Nikole Hannah-Jones, New York Times, 13 Mar. 2024 Evergreen and Rosedale were always remarkably ecumenical, permitting burials of people of color and non-European ethnicities — but in separate sections. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2024 Farmers complain that the 27-nation bloc’s environmental policies, such as the Green Deal, which calls for limits on the use of chemicals and on greenhouse gas emissions, limit their business and make their products more expensive than non-European Union imports. Sylvie Corbet, Fortune Europe, 24 Feb. 2024 The only non-European countries to net multiple Oscar wins are Japan (five), Argentina (two) and Iran (two). Tyler Coates, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Feb. 2024 The only non-European country in the top ten was Australia, which ranked seventh. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 22 Dec. 2023 The revision plans could see the residency requirement slashed to five years, or in some cases three, and also enable dual citizenship for non-European Union citizens, which for now is only possible in exceptional cases. Kate Brady, Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of non-European was in 1842

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“Non-European.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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