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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web On Samhain, the Celts believed the dead were able to return to the world of the living, and also that those who had died that year were now able to cross over to the otherworld. Jessica Coulon, Popular Mechanics, 31 Oct. 2022 The eerie otherworld of dreams, spirits, strange creatures, and imagined memories seeps into reality, at once making the familiar strange and bringing difficult truths into the light. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Aug. 2022 On Samhain, during which bonfires were lit, it was believed that the spirits of the dead were granted access to the otherworld. Noah Sheidlower And Radhika Marya, CNN, 31 Oct. 2021 This was considered a liminal time, when the boundary between this world and the otherworld was thin, and so spirits visited. Kevin Fisher-paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Oct. 2021 Both are part of an evolving ‘unbearable lightness’ of experience in the superhero otherworld. Matthew Carey Salyer, Forbes, 21 Mar. 2021 The poems shift between New England and Ireland; rivers and fences appear and reappear, speaking to what divides us — living and dead, world and otherworld, history and present — and what can also be slipped between and bridged. BostonGlobe.com, 18 Mar. 2021 The barren otherworld of outer space could even reveal new ways to protect ourselves against the process of growing old. Shi En Kim, Science, 2 Dec. 2020 The Upside Down is an otherworld, a parallel universe. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 30 Oct. 2020 See More

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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 3 Dec. 2022.

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

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