Definition of worldly in English:


Line breaks: world¦ly
Pronunciation: /ˈwəːldli

adjective (worldlier, worldliest)


worldly goods (or possessions or wealth)

Everything that one owns: a parcel that contained all his worldly goods
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  • Understanding that his spiritual development was more valuable than worldly wealth, he accepted, instead, 657 religious manuscripts.
  • Also, some of Carmena's worldly possessions were quite valuable.
  • With their donkeys carrying all their worldly possessions, they arrived following an exhausting trek four days ago.



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  • Others may have been greater soldiers and statesmen, but none personified the civilised virtues of affability, tolerance, worldliness and wit as much as he.
  • His worldliness and seductive charm awakens in Anna a consciousness that has a dramatic impact on her relationship with David.
  • These days the cloak of sophistication and worldliness clung to him like a second skin.


Old English woruldlic (see world, -ly1).

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