\ ˈglōb How to pronounce globe (audio) \

Definition of globe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something spherical or rounded: such as
a : a spherical representation of the earth, a celestial body, or the heavens


globed; globing

Definition of globe (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to form into a globe

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Synonyms for globe

Synonyms: Noun

ball, orb, sphere

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Examples of globe in a Sentence


She has a globe in her office. His fame has spread around the globe. The tree was decorated with colorful glass globes.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The famous flower show always draws out the British Royal Family as well as visitors from around the globe. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Looks Lovely in a Floral Erdem Dress at the Chelsea Flower Show," 20 May 2019 Facial recognition software is increasingly becoming common in police departments around the globe. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Report: U.S. Police Are Abusing Facial Recognition Technology," 16 May 2019 Southwest is the world’s biggest operator of the 737 MAX—a jet that aviation authorities around the globe have grounded after two deadly accidents—and warned of the impact earlier this month. ... Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Grounded Boeing Jets Aren’t Southwest’s Only Cost Problem," 25 Apr. 2019 For now, Anderson is 8-3 as a professional, a former Invicta FC featherweight champion who has defeated opponents from around the globe. Deaundra Allen, kansascity, "UFC's Megan Anderson fights for acclaim, against depression after moving from Australia to KC," 1 July 2018 The resulting wall treatment creates an ever-so-subtle nod to bubbles foaming from a bath, a motif the designer repeated with a globe pendant and sconces from Visual Comfort. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Creative Tile Turns a Scary '90s Bathroom Into a Fresh, Fun Space," 27 Feb. 2019 As a result, the world would experience colder temperatures and less precipitation, depleting much of the globe’s agricultural output. Alex Ward, Vox, "This is exactly how a nuclear war would kill you," 19 Oct. 2018 An unpainted brick wood-burning fireplace is the focal point of the living room, and authentic details like globe lights and the original stain help maintain the home’s style. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Double A-frame Eichler in Northern California asks $2.7M," 25 Sep. 2018 Individual ticket buyers will not receive a snow globe at the gates unless a ticket pack is purchased online at Jennie Key,, "You have to see how cute the Fiona snow globe is," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of globe


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1641, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for globe


Middle French, from Latin globus

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English Language Learners Definition of globe

: an object that is shaped like a large ball with a map of the world on it
: the earth
: a round object


\ ˈglōb How to pronounce globe (audio) \

Kids Definition of globe

1 : a round object : ball, sphere
3 : a round model of the earth used like a map


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