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

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The expedition to find the Grunion’s bow marked his fourth World War II submarine discovery. Fox News, "Bow of WW II US submarine discovered near remote Alaskan island," 31 July 2019 On the same day the women won a record fourth World Cup championship in France, the men’s team lost a regional championship in Chicago. Stephanie Ebbert,, "Women’s soccer wage fight revives battle for Equal Rights Amendment," 13 July 2019 The Americans' immediate reward is a semifinal against England on Tuesday, when a win would leave them one victory shy of their fourth World Cup championship., "U.S. still reigns over women’s soccer, but challengers to the throne are gaining strength," 28 June 2019 As defending champions, the United States will be looking for their fourth World Cup championship, following titles in 1991, 1991 and 2015. Scooby Axson,, "FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 Schedule," 7 June 2019 The women’s national team recently won its fourth World Cup title. Hayden Bird,, "7 questions for Taylor Twellman on the Revolution and how US youth soccer has changed," 1 Aug. 2019 Fast forward to July 2019 and the moves paid off — the USWNT hoisted their fourth World Cup trophy., "Women's World Cup Throwback: 5 Moments Which Defined the USWNT's Four-Year Journey to the Top," 29 July 2019 But here is a snapshot of some of the potential Olympians: The popular U.S. women’s soccer team fresh off its fourth World Cup crown will try to win again next summer. Elliott Almond, The Mercury News, "With surfing and skateboarding added to Games, Tokyo Olympics will carry a California flavor," 24 July 2019 Long has been celebrating all week following the United States Women's National Team's win against the Netherlands to take home their fourth World Cup trophy. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "World Cup champion Allie Long's wedding ring stolen from hotel room while USWNT accepted ESPY Award," 12 July 2019

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First Known Use of fourth world

1974, in the meaning defined above

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