- a continent in the W part of the landmass lying between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, separated from Asia by the Ural Mountains on the E and the Caucasus Mountains and the Black and Caspian seas on the SE. In British usage, Europe sometimes contrasts with England. About 4,017,000 sq. mi. (10,404,000 sq. km).
- Classical Mythology. Europa(def 1).
Examples from the Web for europe
Yes, we do typically do better than Europe (and Canada, too, which is frequently awful on this score).How the PC Police Threaten Free Speech
January 9, 2015
He sees himself as the first Muslim president of all Europe.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President
January 9, 2015
Newspapers around Europe have also done so in solidarity with the slain.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too
January 8, 2015
An additonal 30,000 made it to Europe by other routes including commercial flights and dangerous overland passages.Ghost Ships of the Mediterranean
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 6, 2015
This was later repurposed in Europe as an explanation for racial superiority, and the term “Aryan” came to define a white race.The Himalayas’ Hidden Aryans
January 3, 2015
To these maidens, thus united, came Emilia home from Europe.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
It has driven the white people of Europe to the ends of the earth.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
They are probably the richest and most comfortable population of Europe at this hour.
The Greeks rushed to the rescue, while all Europe held aloof.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
He said that "Europe can be tranquil only when France is satisfied."
- the second smallest continent, forming the W extension of Eurasia: the border with Asia runs from the Urals to the Caspian and the Black Sea. The coastline is generally extremely indented and there are several peninsulas (notably Scandinavia, Italy, and Iberia) and offshore islands (including the British Isles and Iceland). It contains a series of great mountain systems in the south (Pyrenees, Alps, Apennines, Carpathians, Caucasus), a large central plain, and a N region of lakes and mountains in Scandinavia. Pop: 724 722 000 (2005 est). Area: about 10 400 000 sq km (4 000 000 sq miles)
- British the continent of Europe except for the British Isleswe're going to Europe for our holiday
- British the European Unionwhen did Britain go into Europe?
- a type of dinghy, designed to be sailed by one person
Word Origin and History for europe
from Latin Europa "Europe," from Greek Europe, of uncertain origin; as a geographic name, first the Homeric hymn to Apollo (522 B.C.E. or earlier):
"Telphusa, here I am minded to make a glorious temple, an oracle for men, and hither they will always bring perfect hecatombs, both those who live in rich Peloponnesus and those of Europe and all the wave-washed isles, coming to seek oracles."
Often explained as "broad face," from eurys "wide" (see aneurysm) + ops "face." But also traditionally linked with Europa, Phoenician princess in Greek mythology. Klein (citing Heinrich Lewy) suggests a possible Semitic origin in Akkad. erebu "to go down, set" (in reference to the sun) which would parallel orient. Another suggestion along those lines is Phoenician 'ereb "evening," hence "west."