the world is someone's oyster

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of the world is someone's oyster

informal
used to say that someone's life is good and he or she has the ability to do whatever he or she wants to do
  • We were young and happy, and the world was our oyster.

Word by Word Definitions

world play
  1. : the earthly state of human existence

  2. : life after death

  3. : the earth with its inhabitants and all things upon it

  1. : of or relating to the world

  2. : extending or found throughout the world : worldwide

  3. : involving or applying to part of or the whole world

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

oyster play
  1. : any of various marine bivalve mollusks (family Ostreidae) that have a rough irregular shell closed by a single adductor muscle and include commercially important shellfish

  2. : any of various mollusks resembling or related to the oysters

  3. : something that is or can be readily made to serve one's personal ends


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up the world is someone's oyster? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!