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

Other Words from third world

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

First Known Use of third world

1958, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Third world.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/third%20world. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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