Meaning of WORLD in English


I. ˈwər(-ə)ld 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


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


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


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 the world

- out of this world

II. adjective

Date: 12th century

1. : of or relating to the world

a world championship


a. : extending or found throughout the world : worldwide

brought about world peace

b. : involving or applying to part of or the whole world

a world tour

a world state

c. : internationally recognized : renowned , distinguished

a world authority on gemstones

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.