adjective world·ly \ˈwər(-ə)ld-lē, ˈwərl-lē\

: of or relating to the human world and ordinary life rather than to religious or spiritual matters

: having a lot of practical experience and knowledge about life and the world

Full Definition of WORLDLY

:  of, relating to, or devoted to this world and its pursuits rather than to religion or spiritual affairs
world·li·ness noun

Examples of WORLDLY

  1. She is more worldly than her younger sister.
  2. <she returned from her year as an exchange student a much more worldly person>

First Known Use of WORLDLY

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of WORLDLY

earthly, worldly, mundane mean belonging to or characteristic of the earth. earthly often implies a contrast with what is heavenly or spiritual <abandoned earthly concerns and entered a convent>. worldly and mundane both imply a relation to the immediate concerns and activities of human beings, worldly suggesting tangible personal gain or gratification <worldly goods> and mundane suggesting reference to the immediate and practical <a mundane discussion of finances>.
WORLDLY Defined for Kids


adjective world·ly \ˈwərld-lē\

Definition of WORLDLY for Kids

:  of or relating to the affairs of life rather than with spiritual affairs <They lost all their worldly possessions in the fire.>
world·li·ness noun


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