[ yoor-uhp, yur- for 1; yoo-roh-pee, yuh- for 2 ]

  1. a continent in the western part of the landmass lying between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, separated from Asia by the Ural Mountains on the east and the Caucasus Mountains and the Black and Caspian Seas on the southeast. In British usage, Europe sometimes contrasts with England. About 4,017,000 square miles (10,404,000 square kilometers).

  2. Classical Mythology. Europa (def. 1).

Other words from Europe

  • an·ti-Eu·rope, adjective
  • pro-Eu·rope, adjective

Words Nearby Europe Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Europe in a sentence

  • And I have not had the first morsel of food prepared from this grain offered me since I reached the shores of Europe.

    Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
  • Everything is topsy-turvy in Europe according to our moral ideas, and they don't have what we call "men" over here.

  • In Cuba its culture commenced in 1580, and from this and the other islands large quantities were shipped to Europe.

  • The America that they annexed to Europe was merely a new domain added to a world already old.

  • Father made me promise, just before he died, that if ever I visited Europe I would look her up.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton

British Dictionary definitions for Europe


/ (ˈjʊərəp) /

  1. 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)

  2. British the continent of Europe except for the British Isles: we're going to Europe for our holiday

  1. British the European Union: when did Britain go into Europe?

  2. a type of dinghy, designed to be sailed by one person

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Cultural definitions for Europe


Continent that is actually a vast peninsula of Eurasia.

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