Definition of non-European in English:

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Pronunciation: /nɒnjʊərəˈpɪən/


Not European.
Example sentences
  • The committee comprised a European official, three non-European officials, two ‘native’ officials and one native non-official.
  • Europe therefore learnt about non-European societies through other Europeans, predominantly through what they wrote about them, but also through attempts visually to represent them.
  • The hotly debated questions of what caused ‘new imperialism’ and what effects it had on the various European and non-European actors cannot be discussed here.


1A person who is not a European.
Example sentences
  • The Ballon d' Or recognises not only Europeans but non-Europeans who play their club football in Europe.
  • Many of us non-Europeans go to Europe for the historic effect.
  • Is this another wedge to divide Europeans and non-Europeans?
1.1South African dated A person of African, Asian, or mixed ancestry.
Example sentences
  • The Nationalist Party from its inception had always pursued a policy of justice and fairness towards all sections of the population - English-speaking, Afrikaans-speaking, Africans and other non-Europeans.
  • Most got their ‘evidence’ about Africans and non-Europeans second and third-hand from the actual conquerors and enslavers.
  • This policy was consolidated by excluding Chinese and other non-Europeans from the 1880s under the White Australia policy.

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