Third World



  • Refers to all less developed countries as a group. Term was coined by Alfred Sauvy during the Cold War, when the "first world" was the developed capitalist countries and the "second world" was the communist countries, although these terms were seldom used.


  • noun a way of referring to developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.


  • noun the countries of Africa, Asia and South America which do not have highly developed industries and where people are generally poor