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

third worlder

play \ˈthərd-ˈwər(-ə)l-dər\ noun, often capitalized T&W

First Known Use of third world

1958

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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