Meaning of WORLD in English


/ wɜːld; NAmE wɜːrld/ noun



the world [ sing. ] the earth, with all its countries, peoples and natural features :

to sail around the world

travelling (all over) the world

a map of the world

French is spoken in many parts of the world .

Which is the largest city in the world ?

He's the world's highest paid entertainer.

a meeting of world leaders

campaigning for world peace


[ C , usually sing. ] a particular part of the earth; a particular group of countries or people; a particular period of history and the people of that period :

the Arab world

the English-speaking world

the industrialized and developing worlds

the ancient / modern world

—see also the First World , the New World , the Old World , the Third World



[ C ] a planet like the earth :

There may be other worlds out there.



[ C ] the people or things belonging to a particular group or connected with a particular interest, job, etc. :

the animal / plant / insect world

the world of fashion

stars from the sporting and artistic worlds


[ usually sing. ] (usually used with an adjective) everything that exists of a particular kind; a particular kind of life or existence :

the natural world (= animals, plants, minerals, etc.)

They are a couple in the real world as well as in the movie.

The island is a world of brilliant colours and dramatic sunsets.

They had little contact with the outside world (= people and places that were not part of their normal life) .



[ sing. ] a person's environment, experiences, friends and family, etc. :

Parents are the most important people in a child's world.

When his wife died, his entire world was turned upside down.



[ sing. ] our society and the way people live and behave; the people in the world :

We live in a rapidly changing world.

He's too young to understand the ways of the world .

The whole world was waiting for news of the astronauts.

She felt that the world was against her.

The eyes of the world are on the President.


the world [ sing. ] a way of life where possessions and physical pleasures are important, rather than spiritual values :

monks and nuns renouncing the world

—see also olde worlde , old-world



[ sing. ] the state of human existence :

this world and the next (= life on earth and existence after death)


- be all the world to sb

- the best of both / all possible worlds

- be worlds apart

- come / go down / up in the world

- come into the world

- do sb/sth the world of good

- for all the world as if / though ... | for all the world like sb/sth

- have the world at your feet

- how, why, etc. in the world

- in an ideal / a perfect world

- in the world

- (be / live) in a world of your own

- a man / woman of the world

- not for (all) the world

- the ... of this world

- out of this world

- see the world

- set / put the world to rights

- set the world on fire

- what is the world coming to?

- (all) the world and his wife

- a world away (from sth)

- the world is your oyster

- a / the world of difference

- the (whole) world over

—more at brave adjective , dead adjective , end noun , lost , promise verb , small adjective , top noun , watch verb , way noun , will noun , worst noun



Old English w(e)oruld , from a Germanic compound meaning age of man; related to Dutch wereld and German Welt .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.