first world

noun, often capitalized F&W

Definition of first world

: the highly developed industrialized nations often considered the westernized countries of the world

First Known Use of first world

1967, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for first world

after third world

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The first known use of first world was in 1967

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“First world.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of first world

: the countries of the world that have many industries and relatively few poor people : the rich nations of the world

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