Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “world”

See all translations

world

noun  /wɜrld/ us  

world noun (THE EARTH)

[U] the planet on which human life has developed, esp. including all people and their ways of life: People from all over the world will be attending the conference. The rapid growth of computers has changed the world. [U] The world can also mean the whole physical universe: The world contains many solar systems, not just ours.

world noun (WHOLE AREA)

[C] all of a particular group or type of thing, such as countries or animals, or a whole area of human activity or understanding: the animal/plant world the business world the world of entertainment In the world of politics, the president’s voice is still the most powerful in the nation.

world noun (LARGE DEGREE)

[U] a large degree; a lot: There’s a world of difference between the two hotels.
Translations of “world”
in Korean (특정 분야와 관련하여)-세계…
in Arabic عالَم…
in French monde, le plus grand bien…
in Turkish dünya, âlem…
in Italian mondo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 地球, 地球,世界…
in Russian мир, сфера…
in Polish świat…
in Spanish mundo, inmenso…
in Portuguese mundo…
in German die Welt, eine Unmenge…
in Catalan món…
in Japanese (特定の分野の)世界, ~界…
in Chinese (Simplified) 地球, 地球,世界…
(Definition of world from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of world?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “world” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

cold snap

a short period of cold weather

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More