oth·​er·​world | \ ˈə-t͟hər-ˌwərld How to pronounce otherworld (audio) \

Definition of otherworld

: a world beyond death or beyond present reality

Examples of otherworld in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 When a missing fact emerges without digital assistance, each person announces it to the other while looking off into a remote distance, the otherworld of what was known and lost. Don Delillo, Harper's Magazine, 15 Sep. 2020 Guests at the plush Post Ranch Inn were able to helicopter in and out, but for most in that low-key, bohemian otherworld, all visitors—and all revenue—disappeared. Pico Iyer, Condé Nast Traveler, 8 May 2020 March 22, the day of our cautious-joyful-otherworld return to America, seemed surreal. James Mcclintock | Uab Professor, al, 17 Apr. 2020 The peninsula, farther east than Japan, represents a distant otherworld of majestic, magnetic wilderness. Eva Sohlman, New York Times, 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of otherworld

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Otherworld.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/otherworld. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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