first world
noun Usage: often capitalized F&W Etymology: after third world Date: 1967 the highly developed industrialized nations often considered the westernized countries of the world

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  • first World — Meaning Originally the term referred just to the USA (see origin below), but now is understood to mean the most industrially developed, wealthy and powerful nations of the world. These countries are often referred to loosely as The West ,… …   Meaning and origin of phrases

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  • First World — noun (singular) the rich industrial countries of the world compare Third World first world adjective (always before noun) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • First World — /ˈfɜst wɜld/ (say ferst werld) (also lower case) –noun 1. the economically developed, capitalist countries collectively, characterised by industrialisation, a comparatively high standard of living and usually a long term democratic political… …   Australian English dictionary

  • First-World — See First World. * * * …   Universalium

  • First World — North America, Western Europe, Japan, and Australasia. The term was originally applied to the first group of countries to industrialize and to achieve high levels of growth and a rising standard of living for their populations. See also Third… …   Dictionary of sociology

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