What does world mean?

Definitions for world

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word world.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. universe, existence, creation, world, cosmos, macrocosmnoun

    everything that exists anywhere

    "they study the evolution of the universe"; "the biggest tree in existence"

  2. world, domainnoun

    people in general; especially a distinctive group of people with some shared interest

    "the Western world"

  3. world, realitynoun

    all of your experiences that determine how things appear to you

    "his world was shattered"; "we live in different worlds"; "for them demons were as much a part of reality as trees were"

  4. Earth, earth, world, globenoun

    the 3rd planet from the sun; the planet we live on

    "the Earth moves around the sun"; "he sailed around the world"

  5. populace, public, worldnoun

    people in general considered as a whole

    "he is a hero in the eyes of the public"

  6. worldnoun

    a part of the earth that can be considered separately

    "the outdoor world"; "the world of insects"

  7. worldly concern, earthly concern, world, earthnoun

    the concerns of this life as distinguished from heaven and the afterlife

    "they consider the church to be independent of the world"

  8. world, human race, humanity, humankind, human beings, humans, mankind, manadjective

    all of the living human inhabitants of the earth

    "all the world loves a lover"; "she always used `humankind' because `mankind' seemed to slight the women"

  9. global, planetary, world(a), worldwide, world-wideadjective

    involving the entire earth; not limited or provincial in scope

    "global war"; "global monetary policy"; "neither national nor continental but planetary"; "a world crisis"; "of worldwide significance"


  1. worldnoun

    Human collective existence; existence in general.

    There will always be lovers, till the world's end.

  2. worldnoun

    The Universe.

  3. worldnoun

    The Earth.

    People are dying of starvation all over the world.

  4. worldnoun

    A planet,especially one which is inhabited or inhabitable.

    Our mission is to travel the galaxy and find new worlds.

  5. worldnoun

    An individual or group perspective or social setting.

    In the world of boxing, good diet is all-important.

  6. worldnoun

    A great amount.

  7. worldverb

    to consider or cause to be considered from a global perspective; to consider as a global whole, rather than making or focussing on national or other distinctions; cf to globalise

  8. worldverb

    to make real; to make worldly

  9. Etymology: From woruld.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Worldnoun

    the earth and the surrounding heavens; the creation; the system of created things; existent creation; the universe

  2. Worldnoun

    any planet or heavenly body, especially when considered as inhabited, and as the scene of interests analogous with human interests; as, a plurality of worlds

  3. Worldnoun

    the earth and its inhabitants, with their concerns; the sum of human affairs and interests

  4. Worldnoun

    in a more restricted sense, that part of the earth and its concerns which is known to any one, or contemplated by any one; a division of the globe, or of its inhabitants; human affairs as seen from a certain position, or from a given point of view; also, state of existence; scene of life and action; as, the Old World; the New World; the religious world; the Catholic world; the upper world; the future world; the heathen world

  5. Worldnoun

    the customs, practices, and interests of men; general affairs of life; human society; public affairs and occupations; as, a knowledge of the world

  6. Worldnoun

    individual experience of, or concern with, life; course of life; sum of the affairs which affect the individual; as, to begin the world with no property; to lose all, and begin the world anew

  7. Worldnoun

    the inhabitants of the earth; the human race; people in general; the public; mankind

  8. Worldnoun

    the earth and its affairs as distinguished from heaven; concerns of this life as distinguished from those of the life to come; the present existence and its interests; hence, secular affairs; engrossment or absorption in the affairs of this life; worldly corruption; the ungodly or wicked part of mankind

  9. Worldnoun

    as an emblem of immensity, a great multitude or quantity; a large number

  10. Etymology: [OE. world, werld, weorld, weoreld, AS. weorold, worold; akin to OS. werold, D. wereld, OHG. weralt, worolt, werolt, werlt, G. welt, Icel. verld, Sw. verld, Dan. verden; properly, the age of man, lifetime, humanity; AS. wer a man + a word akin to E. old; cf. AS. yld lifetime, age, ylde men, humanity. Cf. Werewolf, Old.]


  1. World

    World is a common name for the whole of human civilization, specifically human experience, history, or the human condition in general, worldwide, i.e. anywhere on Earth. In a philosophical context it may refer to: ⁕the whole of the physical Universe, or ⁕an ontological world. In a theological context, world usually refers to the material or the profane sphere, as opposed to the celestial, spiritual, transcendent or sacred. The "end of the world" refers to scenarios of the final end of human history, often in religious contexts. World history is commonly understood as spanning the major geopolitical developments of about five millennia, from the first civilizations to the present. World population is the sum of all human populations at any time; similarly, world economy is the sum of the economies of all societies, especially in the context of globalization. Terms like world championship, gross world product, world flags etc. also imply the sum or combination of all current-day sovereign states. In terms such as world religion, world language, and world war, world suggests international or intercontinental scope without necessarily implying participation of the entire world.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. World

    wurld, n. the earth and its inhabitants: the system of things: present state of existence: any planet or heavenly body: public life or society: an organic whole: business: the public: a secular life: course of life: a very large extent of country, as the 'New World:' very much or a great deal, as 'a world of good:' time, as in the phrase 'world without end'=eternally: possibility, as in 'nothing in the world:' (B.) the ungodly.—adjs. Worl′ded, containing worlds; World′-har′dened, hardened by the love of worldly things.—ns. World′-lang′uage, a universal language; World′liness; World′ling, one who is devoted to worldly or temporal possessions.—adjs. World′ly, pertaining to the world, esp. as distinguished from the world to come: devoted to this life and its enjoyments: bent on gain—also adv.; World′ly-mind′ed, having the mind set on the present world.—n. World′ly-mind′edness.—adjs. World′ly-wise, wise in this world's affairs; World′-old, exceedingly ancient; World′-wea′ried, -wea′ry, tired of the world; World′wide, wide or extensive as the world.—All the world, everybody: everything; All the world and his wife (coll.), everybody: also, an ill-assorted mass; A world, a great deal; Carry the world before one, to pass to success through every obstacle; For all the world, precisely, entirely; Go to the world (Shak.), to get married; In the world, an intensive phrase, usually following an interrogative pronoun or adverb.—The New World, the western hemisphere, the Americas; The Old World, the eastern hemisphere, comprising Europe, Africa, and Asia; The other world, the non-material sphere, the spiritual world; The whole world, the sum of what is contained in the world; The world's end, the most distant point possible. [A.S. woruld, world, weorold, (lit.) 'a generation of men,' from wer, a man, and yldo, sig. an age; Ice. veröld, Old High Ger. weralt (Ger. welt).]

Editors Contribution

  1. world

    Planet earth.

    World peace is being created as we speak in 2020.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 15, 2020  
  2. World

    Yuge Yuge


    Etymology: Rebirth

    Submitted by Ladyven_7 on June 13, 2021  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'world' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #132

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'world' in Written Corpus Frequency: #376

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'world' in Nouns Frequency: #19

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of world in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of world in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of world in a Sentence

  1. Dag Hammarskjöld:

    In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action.

  2. Aimee Wriglesworth:

    A lot of things that are helping us now come from Vietnam, Korea, World War II, but now it's a whole new world of military losses. Studying us is really important.

  3. Bernie Sanders:

    We have different points of view ... but Russia has got to join us. We are concerned about Iran, but Iran has to join us. We have concerns about Saudi Arabia, but Saudi Arabia has to join us, if all over the world these attacks are taking place, the world has got to come together.

  4. President Herbert Hoover, in proposing the abolition of the United Nations, in favor of a "cooperation of God-fearing free natio:

    What the world needs today is a definite, spiritual mobilization of the nations who belive in God against this tide of Red agnosticism. ...And in rejecting an atheistic other world, I am confident that the Almighty God will be with us.

  5. Dave Portnoy:

    I think it’s a real problem in politics that they’ve never really worked in the real world, they’re lifetime politicians, they don’t know what it’s like to start a business, to put your entire life on hold and live your life for your business 24/7. It’s a disconnect. If politicians understood what it took to keep bars and restaurants open, they would’ve given them money long before the pandemic.

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