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European

[yoo r-uh-pee-uh n, yur-] /ˌyʊər əˈpi ən, ˌyɜr-/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to Europe or its inhabitants.
2.
native to or derived from Europe:
traditional European customs; European languages.
noun
3.
a native or inhabitant of Europe.
4.
a person of European descent.
5.
(in East Africa and Asia) a white person; Caucasian.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin Eurōpae(us) (see Europe, -eous) + -an
Related forms
Europeanly, adverb
anti-European, adjective, noun
inter-European, adjective
non-European, adjective, noun
pro-European, adjective, noun
pseudo-European, adjective, noun
un-European, adjective
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Examples from the web for europeans
  • It is more common now than when europeans first entered north america.
  • europeans who had to use the local resources for food, fashioned cornmeal into cornbread.
  • In the past decade, tourism has increased, mostly among italians and other europeans.
  • Buckwheat was one of the earliest crops introduced by europeans to north america.
  • Cape cod was among the first places settled by europeans in north america.
  • europeans were the second group to settle the area now known as catonsville.
  • In the sixteenth century, europeans began to bring slaves from africa.
  • The common denominator was skin darker than northern europeans.
British Dictionary definitions for europeans

European

/ˌjʊərəˈpɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Europe or its inhabitants
2.
native to or derived from Europe
noun
3.
a native or inhabitant of Europe
4.
a person of European descent
5.
a supporter of the European Union or of political union of the countries of Europe or a part of it
Derived Forms
Europeanism, noun
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Word Origin and History for europeans

European

c.1600, from French Européen, from Latin Europaeus, from Greek Europaios "European," from Europe (see Europe).

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