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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

New′ World′(n.)

  1. Category: Geography (places)

    Ref: Western Hemisphere (def. 1). 1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. western hemisphere, occident, New World(noun)

    the hemisphere that includes North America and South America

Wiktionary

  1. New World(ProperNoun)

    The continents North America and South America combined

Freebase

  1. New World

    The New World is one of the names used for the Western Hemisphere, specifically the Americas, certain Atlantic and Pacific oceanic islands to which the closest continental shelf is that of the Americas, and sometimes Oceania. The term originated in the early 16th century, shortly after America was discovered by Europeans in the age of discovery, expanding the geographical horizon of the people of the Middle Ages, who had thought of the world as consisting of Africa, Asia, and Europe only: collectively now referred to as the Old World. The term was first coined by Florentine explorer Amerigo Vespucci. The Americas were also referred to as the "fourth part of the world".

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