Definition of the Third World noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the Third World

BrE BrE//ðə ˌθɜːd ˈwɜːld//
; NAmE NAmE//ðə ˌθɜːrd ˈwɜːrld//
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a way of referring to the poor or developing countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America, which is sometimes considered offensive the causes of poverty and injustice in the Third World Third-World debt compare First World Word Originfirst 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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