[ gloh-buh l ]
/ ˈgloʊ bəl /


pertaining to the whole world; worldwide; universal: the dream of global peace.
globular; globe-shaped.
of, relating to, or using a terrestrial or celestial globe.
(of a computer operation, linguistic rule, etc.) operating on a group of similar strings, commands, etc., in a single step.

Nearby words

  1. gln,
  2. gloam,
  3. gloaming,
  4. gloat,
  5. glob,
  6. global aphasia,
  7. global community,
  8. global dimming,
  9. global economy,
  10. global positioning system

Origin of global

First recorded in 1670–80; globe + -al1

Related formsglob·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for global


/ (ˈɡləʊbəl) /


covering, influencing, or relating to the whole world
Derived Formsglobally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for global



1670s, "spherical," from globe + -al (1). Meaning "worldwide, universal" is from 1892, from French. Global village first attested 1960, popularized, if not coined, by Canadian educator Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980).

Postliterate man's electronic media contract the world to a village or tribe where everything happens to everyone at the same time: everyone knows about, and therefore participates in, everything that is happening the minute it happens. Television gives this quality of simultaneity to events in the global village. [Carpenter & McLuhan, "Explorations in Communication," 1960]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for global


[ glōbəl ]


Having the shape of a globe; spherical.
Of or involving the entire earth; worldwide.
Comprehensive; total.
Of or relating to the eyeball.
Related formsglobal•ly adv.

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