third world

noun, often capitalized T&W

Definition of third world

1 : the aggregate of the underdeveloped nations of the world
2 : a group of nations especially in Africa and Asia not aligned with either the Communist or the non-Communist blocs
3 : an aggregate of minority groups within a larger predominant culture

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third worlder \ ˈthərd-​ˈwər(-​ə)l-​dər How to pronounce third worlder (audio) \ noun, often capitalized T&W

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1958, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Third world.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of third world

sometimes offensive : the countries of the world that are very poor and that have very few industries : the poor nations of the world

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