European Union

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Member states of the European Union (in green)


Formed as European + Union, in the sense of the resistance group, after the German Europäische Union.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌjʊəɹəˈpiːən ˈjuːnjən/, /ˌjɔːɹəˈpiːən ˈjuːnjən/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˌjʊɹəˈpiən ˈjunjən/, /ˌjɝɹəˈpi.ən ˈjunjən/
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Proper noun[edit]

the European Union

  1. A supranational organisation, consisting of 27 member states, created in the 1950s to bring the nations of Europe into closer economic and political connection.
    • 1992, Maastricht Treaty,
      ...IN VIEW of further steps to be taken in order to advance European integration,
      HAVE DECIDED to establish a European Union and to this end have designated as their plenipotentiaries...
    • 1996, John Major, EU Beef Ban and the Florence European Council:
      The issue will now be dealt with on a proper, rational basis, with the timetable for the lifting of the ban dependent on our own efforts. That has enabled the restoration of normal business in the European Union.
  2. (historical) An antifascist resistance group active during Germany’s Nazi era.


  • (European supranational organisation): EU (initialism), EUSSR (derogatory)




  1. ^ “The 28 member countries of the EU”, in Countries[1], European Union, accessed 1 April 2019.

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