worldly Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “worldly” in the English Dictionary

"worldly" in British English

See all translations

worldlyadjective

uk   /ˈwɜːld.li/  us   /ˈwɝːld-/

worldly adjective (PHYSICAL)

[before noun] relating to or consisting of ​physical things and ​ordinaryliferather than ​spiritual things: For many of the ​refugees, the ​clothes they are ​wearing are all the worldly goods (= possessions) they have. Her worldly ​success can ​hardly be ​denied.

worldly adjective (PRACTICAL)

practical and having a lot of ​experience of ​life: She ​seems to be much more worldly than the other ​students in her ​class.
worldliness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
(Definition of worldly from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"worldly" in American English

See all translations

worldlyadjective

 us   /ˈwɜrld·li/

worldly adjective (PHYSICAL)

having to do with ​physical things and ​ordinarylife: worldly ​success She ​lost all her worldly possessions in the ​fire.

worldly adjective (EXPERIENCED)

experienced in the ​ways of the ​world: He’s ​older and more worldly than the other ​students in his ​class.
(Definition of worldly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “worldly”
in Chinese (Simplified) 物质的, 尘世的, 非精神的…
in Turkish görmüş geçirmiş…
in Russian умудренный, искушенный в жизни…
in Chinese (Traditional) 物質的, 塵世的, 非精神的…
in Polish światowy…
What is the pronunciation of worldly?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “worldly”

Word of the Day
coeducational

having male and female students being taught together in the same school or college rather than separately

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

hyperpalatable adjective
hyperpalatable adjective
August 24, 2015
describes food with heightened levels of sugar and salt, intended to be extremely appealing In Brazil, where the prevalence of overweight and obese adults has doubled since 1980, crisps, biscuits, energy bars and sugary drinks formulated to be ‘hyper-palatable’ are much more widely eaten than previously.

Read More