Eurafrican Look up Eurafrican at Dictionary.com
coined 1890 by anthropologist D.G. Brinton to designate a "race" of dark-skinned people inhabiting both sides of the Mediterranean; it was used 1920s to describe the "colored" population of South Africa, and 1960s with reference to political situations involving both continents; see Euro- + Africa.
Eurasia (n.) Look up Eurasia at Dictionary.com
from Euro- + Asia. First record seems to be in H. Reusche's "Handbuch der Geographie" (1858), but see Eurasian.
Eurasian (n.) Look up Eurasian at Dictionary.com
1844, from Euro- + Asian. Originally of children of British-East Indian marriages; sense of "of Europe and Asia considered as one continent" is from 1868.
eureka Look up eureka at Dictionary.com
c.1600, from Greek heureka "I have found (it)," first person singular perfect active indicative of heuriskein "to find" (see heuristic). Supposedly shouted by Archimedes (c.287-212 B.C.E.) when he solved a problem that had been set to him: determining whether goldsmiths had adulterated the metal in the crown of Hiero II, king of Syracuse.
Euro (n.) Look up Euro at Dictionary.com
name for the basic monetary unit of a pan-European currency, from 1996.
Euro- Look up Euro- at Dictionary.com
before vowels Eur-, word forming element meaning "Europe, European," from comb. form of Europe.
Eurocentric (adj.) Look up Eurocentric at Dictionary.com
1963, from Euro- + -centric.
Europe Look up Europe at Dictionary.com
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."
European Look up European at Dictionary.com
c.1600, from French Européen, from Latin Europaeus, from Greek Europaios "European," from Europe (see Europe).
europium (n.) Look up europium at Dictionary.com
rare earth element, 1901, named by its discoverer, French chemist Eugène Demarçay (1852-1903) in 1896, from Europe + -ium.
Eurydice Look up Eurydice at Dictionary.com
wife of Orpheus in Greek mythology, from Latin, from Greek Eurydike, literally "wide justice," from eurys "wide" (see aneurysm) + dike "right, custom, usage, law; justice" (cognate with Latin dicere "to show, tell;" see diction).
eurypterid (n.) Look up eurypterid at Dictionary.com
fossil swimming crustacean of the Silurian and Devonian, 1874, from Greek eurys "broad, wide" (see aneurysm) + pteron "feather, wing" (see pterodactyl); so called from their swimming appendages.
eurythmic (adj.) Look up eurythmic at Dictionary.com
also eurhythmic, "harmonious," 1831, from Greek eurythmia "rhythmical order," from eurythmos "rhythmical," from eu "well" (see eu-) + rhythmos "rhythm" (see rhythm). Related: Eurythmics (1912); eurythmy.
Eustace Look up Eustace at Dictionary.com
masc. proper name, from Old French Eustace (Modern French Eustache), from Latin Eustachius, probably from Greek eustakhos "fruitful," from eu "well" (see eu-) + stakhys "ear (of grain);" see spike (n.1).
Eustachian tube (n.) Look up Eustachian tube at Dictionary.com
so called for Italian physician Bartolomeo Eustachio (d.1574), who discovered the passages from the ears to the throat. His name is from Latin Eustachius (see Eustace).
Euterpe Look up Euterpe at Dictionary.com
muse of music, from Greek Euterpe, literally "pleasing," from eu "well" (see eu-) + terpein "to delight, please" (see Terpsichore).
euthanasia (n.) Look up euthanasia at Dictionary.com
c.1600, from Greek euthanasia "an easy or happy death," from eu- "good" (see eu-) + thanatos "death" (see thanatology). Sense of "legally sanctioned mercy killing" is first recorded in English 1869.
euthanise (v.) Look up euthanise at Dictionary.com
chiefly British English spelling of euthanize; for suffix, see -ize. Related: Euthanised; euthanising.
euthanize (v.) Look up euthanize at Dictionary.com
by 1915, in place of earlier and etymologically correct euthanatize (1873); see euthanasia + -ize. Related: Euthanized; euthanizing.
Euxine Look up Euxine at Dictionary.com
archaic name for the Black Sea, from Latin Pontus Euxinus, from Greek Pontos Euxenios, literally "the hospitable sea," a euphemism for Pontos Axeinos, "the inhospitable sea."

According to Room, The Old Persian name for the sea was akhshaena, literally "dark," probably in reference to the sudden, dangerous storms that make the sea perilous to sailors and darken its face, and the Greeks took this untranslated as Pontos Axeinos, which was interpeted as the similar-sounding Greek word axenos "inhospitable." Thus the modern English name could reflect the Old Persian one.
evacuate (v.) Look up evacuate at Dictionary.com
1520s, from Latin evacuatus, past participle of evacuare "to empty, make void, nullify," used by Pliny in reference to the bowels, used figuratively in Late Latin for "clear out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + vacuus "empty" (see vacuum).

Earliest sense in English is medical. Meaning "remove inhabitants to safer ground" is from 1934. Replaced Middle English evacuen (c.1400). Related: Evacuated; evacuating.
evacuation (n.) Look up evacuation at Dictionary.com
c.1400, "discharge from the body" (originally mostly of blood), from Old French évacuation and directly from Late Latin evacuationem (nominative evacuatio), noun of action from past participle stem of evacuare (see evacuate).
evacuee (n.) Look up evacuee at Dictionary.com
1934, from French évacué, from évacuer; see evacuate + -ee.
evade (v.) Look up evade at Dictionary.com
1510s, "escape," from Middle French evader, from Latin evadere "to escape, get away," from ex- "away" (see ex-) + vadere "to go, walk" (see vamoose). Related: Evaded; evading. Special sense of "escape by trickery" is from 1530s.
evagation (n.) Look up evagation at Dictionary.com
"action of wandering," 1650s, from French évagation, from Latin evagationem (nominative evagatio), from past participle stem of evagari, from ex- (see ex-) + vagari, from vagus "roving, wandering" (see vague).
evaginate (v.) Look up evaginate at Dictionary.com
"to turn (a tube) inside out," 1650s, from Latin evaginatus, past participle of evaginare "to unsheathe," from ex- (see ex-) + vagina (see vagina). Related: Evaginated; evaginating.
evaluate (v.) Look up evaluate at Dictionary.com
1842, from French évaluer or else a back-formation from evaluation. Originally in mathematics. Related: Evaluated; evaluating.
evaluation (n.) Look up evaluation at Dictionary.com
1755, from French évaluation, from évaluer "to find the value of," from é- "out" (see ex-) + valuer (see value).
evaluative (adj.) Look up evaluative at Dictionary.com
1927, from evaluate + -ive.
Evan Look up Evan at Dictionary.com
masc. proper name, Welsh form of John, form influenced perhaps by Welsh ieuanc "young man" (cognate of Latin juvenis), from Celtic *yowanko-, from PIE *yeu- "vital force, youthful vigor" (see young).
evanesce (v.) Look up evanesce at Dictionary.com
1822, a back-formation from evanescence, or else from Latin evanescere "to pass away, vanish" (see evanescent).
evanescence (n.) Look up evanescence at Dictionary.com
1751; see evanescent + -ence. Evanescency is attested from 1660s.
evanescent (adj.) Look up evanescent at Dictionary.com
1717, from French évanescent, from Latin evanescentem (nominative evanescens), present participle of evanescere "disappear, vanish," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + vanescere "vanish" (see vanish).
evangel (n.) Look up evangel at Dictionary.com
mid-14c., "gospel," from Old French evangile, from Church Latin evangelium, from Greek evangelion (see evangelism).
evangelical Look up evangelical at Dictionary.com
1530s (adj. and noun), from evangelic (early 15c., from Old French evangelique, from Late Latin evangelicus; see evangelist) + -al (1). In reference to a tendency or school in Protestantism, from mid-18c. Related: Evangelicalism (1831).
Evangeline Look up Evangeline at Dictionary.com
fem. proper name, from French Évangeline, ultimately from Greek evangelion "good news" (see evangelism).
evangelism (n.) Look up evangelism at Dictionary.com
1620s, from evangel + -ism, or else from Medieval Latin evangelismus "a spreading of the Gospel," from Late Latin evangelium "good news, gospel," from Greek euangelion (see evangelist). In reference to evangelical Protestantism, from 1812.
evangelist (n.) Look up evangelist at Dictionary.com
late 12c., "Matthew, Mark, Luke or John," from Old French evangelist and directly from Late Latin evangelista, from Greek euangelistes "preacher of the gospel," literally "bringer of good news," from euangelizesthai "bring good news," from eu- "good" (see eu-) + angellein "announce," from angelos "messenger" (see angel).

In early Greek Christian texts, the word was used of the four supposed authors of the narrative gospels. Meaning "itinerant preacher" was another early Church usage, revived in Middle English (late 14c.). Classical Greek euangelion meant "the reward of good tidings;" sense transferred in Christian use to the glad tidings themselves. In Late Latin, Greek eu- regularly was consonantized to ev- before vowels.
evangelistic (adj.) Look up evangelistic at Dictionary.com
1845, from evangelist + -ic.
evangelize (v.) Look up evangelize at Dictionary.com
late 14c., from Old French evangeliser "to spread or preach the Gospel," and directly from Medieval Latin or Late Latin evangelizare, from Greek euangelizesthai (see evangelist). Related: Evangelized; evangelizing; evangelization.
evaporate (v.) Look up evaporate at Dictionary.com
early 15c., from Latin evaporatum, past participle of evaporare (see evaporation). Related: Evaporated; evaporating.
evaporation (n.) Look up evaporation at Dictionary.com
late 14c., from Old French évaporation and directly from Latin evaporationem (nominative evaporatio), noun of action from past participle stem of evaporare "disperse in vapor or steam," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + vapor "steam" (see vapor).
evasion (n.) Look up evasion at Dictionary.com
early 15c., from Middle French évasion and directly from Late Latin evasionem (nominative evasio) "a going out," from past participle stem of Latin evadere "to escape" (see evade).
evasive (adj.) Look up evasive at Dictionary.com
1725, from French évasif, from Latin evas-, past participle stem of evadere (see evasion). Related: Evasively; evasiveness.
eve (n.) Look up eve at Dictionary.com
"evening," Old English æfen, with pre-1200 loss of terminal -n (which was mistaken for an inflection), from Proto-Germanic *æbando- (cognates: Old Saxon aband, Old Frisian ewnd, Dutch avond, Old High German aband, German Abend, Old Norse aptann, Danish aften), of uncertain origin. Now superseded in its original sense by evening. Meaning "day before a saint's day or festival" is from late 13c.
Eve Look up Eve at Dictionary.com
fem. proper name, from Biblical first woman, Late Latin, from Hebrew Hawwah, literally "a living being," from base hawa "he lived" (compare Arabic hayya, Aramaic hayyin).
Like most of the explanations of names in Genesis, this is probably based on folk etymology or an imaginative playing with sound. ... In the Hebrew here, the phonetic similarity is between hawah, "Eve," and the verbal root hayah, "to live." It has been proposed that Eve's name conceals very different origins, for it sounds suspiciously like the Aramaic word for "serpent." [Robert Alter, "The Five Books of Moses," 2004, commentary on Gen. iii:20]
Evelyn Look up Evelyn at Dictionary.com
fem. proper name, a double diminutive of Eve or in some cases from Old High German Avelina, from Avi. Popular (top 20) for girls born in U.S. c.1910-1930 and rising in popularity again 2000s.
even (adj.) Look up even at Dictionary.com
Old English efen "level," also "equal, like; calm, harmonious; quite, fully; namely," from Proto-Germanic *ebnaz (cognates: Old Saxon eban, Old Frisian even "level, plain, smooth," Dutch even, Old High German eban, German eben, Old Norse jafn, Danish jævn, Gothic ibns).

Etymologists are uncertain whether the original sense was "level" or "alike." Used extensively in Old English compounds, with a sense of "fellow, co-" (as in efeneald "of the same age;" Middle English even-sucker "foster-brother"). Of numbers, from 1550s. Modern adverbial sense (introducing an extreme case of something more generally implied) seems to have arisen 16c. from use of the word to emphasize identity ("Who, me?" "Even you," etc.) Sense of "on an equal footing" is from 1630s. Rhyming reduplication phrase even steven is attested from 1866; even break first recorded 1911. Even-tempered from 1875.
even (v.) Look up even at Dictionary.com
"to make level," Old English efnan (see even (adj.)).
even (n.) Look up even at Dictionary.com
"end of the day," Old English æfen, Mercian efen, Northumbrian efern (see eve).