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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

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