Meaning of First World in English:

First World

Pronunciation /ˌfəːst ˈwəːld/


  • The industrialized capitalist countries of western Europe, North America, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.

    Compare with Second World and Third World

    ‘In common usage, the Third World comprises all countries not included in the First World and the Second World.’
    • ‘We are committed to developing first-class infrastructure for our First World nation.’
    • ‘This is not the way to provide the First World health services that New Zealanders deserve.’
    • ‘New Zealand is the only First World country with an agricultural base.’
    • ‘Investments in the First World were mainly in support of exports, while those in the Third World were mainly involved in resource exploitation.’
    • ‘This group balances the First World power on the council and adds developing nation concerns to the decision-making process.’
    • ‘By 2005, there will be little non-high tech manufacturing left anywhere in the First World.’
    • ‘But step through the building's entrance, and the First World illusion disappears.’
    • ‘If you come from the First World and have never experienced the problem of lack of rights as a citizen you will not see how serious this issue is.’
    • ‘At the same time, we have the caregivers existing on wages that are simply not acceptable in a country that likes to think of itself as part of the First World.’
    • ‘So also are there diverse people in major urban centres in the First World, reflecting many cultural influences and ethnic conjunctions.’
    • ‘If it's not in those two sectors, I'm not sure what it is that sustains a First World standard of living here.’