Definition of small world in US English:

small world


  • In form small-world. Of a network, especially a social one: having nodes that can be reached from every other node in only a small number of hops, despite nodes not being neighbours of most other nodes; relating to or involving such a network.


Early 17th century (in an earlier sense). From small + world, after French microcosme microcosm or its etymon post-classical Latin microcosmos microcosmos.


small world

/smɔːl ˈwəːld/