oth·​er·​world ˈə-t͟hər-ˌwərld How to pronounce otherworld (audio)
: a world beyond death or beyond present reality

Examples of otherworld in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When the portals to the otherworld were most accessible. Mira Ptacin, Vogue, 3 Nov. 2023 The show is set in Manhattan but also on mysterious North Brother Island, rural Uganda and a theatrical otherworld where AIDS is a character of its own. Erik Piepenburg, Los Angeles Times, 13 Oct. 2023 Convinced that the string is just superstition, Apollo eventually cuts the string, hurtling him, his wife and his baby into a dark, deadly otherworld of New York. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Aug. 2023 Her videos, rather, offer the viewer an opportunity to reside, if only for a moment, in an idyllic otherworld. Oscar Schwartz, The New Yorker, 4 Aug. 2023 Like so many mirrors in horror fiction, this one proves to be a portal into a nightmarish otherworld. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, 1 June 2023 The otherworlds that Véra claimed were central to his metaphysics don’t necessarily exist in a temporal hereafter, but rather in a spatial here and now. Ryan Ruby, Harper's Magazine, 10 Oct. 2022 Season 4 of Matt and Ross Duffer’s nostalgic sci-fi series ended on a major cliffhanger, with the season’s main villain Vecna (Jamie Campbell Bower) temporarily defeated, but succeeding in his scheme to merge the dark otherworld of the Upside Down with the sleepy Indiana town of Hawkins. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 2 Aug. 2022 Halfway through this almost 10-minute song, brighter horns, more abrasive percussion and feverish strings enter and lead Sun Ra Arkestra listeners to where they are used to being: a vivid and immersive otherworld. Michael J. West, Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of otherworld was in the 13th century

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“Otherworld.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/otherworld. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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oth·​er·​world ˈət͟h-ər-ˌwərld How to pronounce otherworld (audio)
: a world beyond death

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