third world


third world

noun, often capitalized T&W

Definition of THIRD WORLD

1
:  a group of nations especially in Africa and Asia not aligned with either the Communist or the non-Communist blocs
2
:  an aggregate of minority groups within a larger predominant culture
3
:  the aggregate of the underdeveloped nations of the world
third world·er \-ˈwər(-ə)l-dər\ noun often capitalized T&W

First Known Use of THIRD WORLD

1958

third world

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Political designation originally used (1963) to describe those states not part of the first world—the capitalist, economically developed states led by the U.S.—or the second world—the communist states led by the Soviet Union. The third world principally consists of the developing world, former colonies of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. With the end of the Cold War and the increased economic competitiveness of some developing countries, the term has lost its analytic clarity.

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