Meaning of WORLD in English



Pronunciation: ' w ə r(- ə )ld

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English woruld human existence, this world, age (akin to Old High German weralt age, world); akin to Old English wer man, eald old ― more at VIRILE , OLD

Date: before 12th century

1 a : the earthly state of human existence b : life after death ― used with a qualifier <the next world >

2 : the earth with its inhabitants and all things upon it

3 : individual course of life : CAREER

4 : the inhabitants of the earth : the human race

5 a : the concerns of the earth and its affairs as distinguished from heaven and the life to come b : secular affairs

6 : the system of created things : UNIVERSE

7 a : a division or generation of the inhabitants of the earth distinguished by living together at the same place or at the same time <the medieval world > b : a distinctive class of persons or their sphere of interest or activity <the academic world > <the digital world >

8 : human society <withdraw from the world >

9 : a part or section of the earth that is a separate independent unit

10 : the sphere or scene of one's life and action <living in your own little world >

11 : an indefinite multitude or a great quantity or distance <makes a world of difference> <a world away>

12 : the whole body of living persons : PUBLIC <announced their discovery to the world >

13 : KINGDOM 5 <the animal world >

14 : a celestial body (as a planet)

– for all the world : in every way : EXACTLY <copies which look for all the world like the original>

– in the world : among innumerable possibilities : EVER ― used as an intensive <what in the world is it>

– out of this world : of extraordinary excellence : SUPERB

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.