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 Dictionary entry overview: What does European Union mean? 

  The noun EUROPEAN UNION has 1 sense:

1. an international organization of European countries formed after World War II to reduce trade barriers and increase cooperation among its members

  Familiarity information: EUROPEAN UNION used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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An international organization of European countries formed after World War II to reduce trade barriers and increase cooperation among its members

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects


Common Market; EC; EEC; European Community; European Economic Community; European Union; EU; Europe

Context example:

he took Britain into Europe

Hypernyms ("European Union" is a kind of...):

global organization; international organisation; international organization; world organisation; world organization (an international alliance involving many different countries)

Meronyms (members of "European Union"):

Portugal; Portuguese Republic (a republic in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula; Portuguese explorers and colonists in the 15th and 16th centuries created a vast overseas empire (including Brazil))

Grand Duchy of Luxembourg; Luxembourg; Luxemburg (a grand duchy (a constitutional monarchy) landlocked in northwestern Europe between France and Belgium and Germany; an international financial center)

Holland; Kingdom of The Netherlands; Nederland; Netherlands; The Netherlands (a constitutional monarchy in western Europe on the North Sea; half the country lies below sea level)

France; French Republic (a republic in western Europe; the largest country wholly in Europe)

Eire; Ireland; Irish Free State (a republic consisting of 26 of 32 counties comprising the island of Ireland; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1921)

Britain; GB; Great Britain; U.K.; UK; United Kingdom; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland)

Belgique; Belgium; Kingdom of Belgium (a monarchy in northwestern Europe; headquarters for the European Union and for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization)

Austria; Oesterreich; Republic of Austria (a mountainous republic in central Europe; under the Habsburgs (1278-1918) Austria maintained control of the Holy Roman Empire and was a leader in European politics until the 19th century)

Italia; Italian Republic; Italy (a republic in southern Europe on the Italian Peninsula; was the core of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire between the 4th century BC and the 5th century AD)

Ellas; Greece; Hellenic Republic (a republic in southeastern Europe on the southern part of the Balkan peninsula; known for grapes and olives and olive oil)

Finland; Republic of Finland; Suomi (republic in northern Europe; achieved independence from Russia in 1917)

Deutschland; Federal Republic of Germany; FRG; Germany (a republic in central Europe; split into East German and West Germany after World War II and reunited in 1990)

Kingdom of Sweden; Sverige; Sweden (a Scandinavian kingdom in the eastern part of the Scandinavian Peninsula)

Danmark; Denmark; Kingdom of Denmark (a constitutional monarchy in northern Europe; consists of the mainland of Jutland and many islands between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea)

Espana; Kingdom of Spain; Spain (a parliamentary monarchy in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula; a former colonial power)

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