- noun a map of the world on a ball
- noun an object shaped like a ball
- A protective enclosure or covering over a light source. The globe is usually made of glass and can also serve to diffuse, redirect, or change the color of the light.
- An incandescent lamp.
Origin & History of “globe”
Globe comes from Latin globus, probably via Old French globe. Globus was related to glēba ‘lump of earth’ (source of English glebe (14th c.)), and may denote etymologically ‘something rolled up into a ball’.