fourth world

noun, often capitalized F&W

Definition of fourth world

: a group of nations especially in Africa and Asia characterized by extremely low per capita income and an absence of valuable natural resources

First Known Use of fourth world

1974, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fourth world was in 1974

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“Fourth world.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fourth%20world. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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