Meaning of “underworld” in the English Dictionary

"underworld" in British English

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underworldnoun [ S ]

uk /ˈʌn.də.wɜːld/ us /ˈʌn.dɚ.wɝːld/

underworld noun [ S ] (CRIME)

the part of society consisting of criminal organizations and activities

underworld noun [ S ] (IN STORIES)

the underworld

in mythology, a place under the earth where the spirits of the dead go

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(Definition of “underworld” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"underworld" in American English

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underworldnoun [ U ]

us /ˈʌn·dərˌwɜrld/

(Definition of “underworld” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)