Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

third world

noun, often capitalized T&W

Definition of third world

  1. 1 :  a group of nations especially in Africa and Asia not aligned with either the Communist or the non-Communist blocs

  2. 2 :  an aggregate of minority groups within a larger predominant culture

  3. 3 :  the aggregate of the underdeveloped nations of the world

third worlder

play \-ˈwər(-ə)l-dər\ noun often capitalized T&W


1958

First Known Use of third world

1958


Learn More about third world

  1. Spanish Central: Translation of third world


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up third world? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).