Definition of Third World in English:

Third World

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noun

(usually the Third World)
The developing countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America: levels of literacy have risen in the Third World [as modifier]: measures to reduce Third World debt
More example sentences
  • That is the case with regard to many states in the Third World, especially sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Few people knew more about Africa or the Third World in general than he did.
  • It is really important to take every opportunity to develop links with activists in the Third World.

Origin

first applied in the 1950s by French commentators who used tiers monde to distinguish the developing countries from the capitalist and Communist blocs.

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