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Alternative forms

  • Universe


From Middle English universe, from Old French univers, from Latin universum (all things, as a whole, the universe), neuter of universus (all together, whole, entire, collective, general, literally turned or combined into one), from uni-, combining form of unus (one) + versus (turned), perfect passive participle of vertō (to turn).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈjuːnɪˌvɜːs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈjuːnəˌvɝs/
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)s

Proper noun


  1. Alternative letter-case form of Universe; Our universe.


universe (plural universes)

  1. The sum of everything that exists in the cosmos, including time and space itself.
    I think that the universe was created by a life force rather than a deity.
  2. An entity similar to our universe; one component of a larger entity known as the multiverse.
  3. Everything under consideration.
    In all this universe of possibilities, there is only one feasible option.
  4. (marketing, economics) A sample taken from the population.
  5. An imaginary collection of worlds.
    The universe in this comic book series is richly imagined.
  6. (literature, films) A collection of stories with characters and settings that are less interrelated than those of sequels or prequels.
    • 2019, June 26, Daniel Menegaz, "Tracking Annabelle's confusing journey through the Conjuring universe", Entertainment Weekly:
      Annabelle Comes Home (the 7th and most recent movie in the Conjuring universe, and the 3rd to focus on Annabelle) is a direct sequel to both previous Annabelle movies, which occurred before the events of The Conjuring – but take place after the events of the 2013 franchise-starter.
  7. A whole world, in the sense of perspective or social setting.
    That didn’t just rock my world, it rocked my universe.
  8. (archaic) The Earth, the sphere of the world.

Derived terms

Related terms

  • universal
  • universal set
  • university


See also

  • om
  • universe on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • universe (economics) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • universe (mathematics) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia



From ūniversus +‎ (adverbial suffix).


  • (Classical) IPA(key): /uː.niˈu̯er.seː/, [uːnɪˈu̯ɛrs̠eː]
  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /u.niˈver.se/, [uniˈvɛrsɛ]


ūniversē (not comparable)

  1. Generally; in general.


  • universe in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • universe in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • universe in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette

Middle English


From Old French univers, from Latin ūniversus.


  • IPA(key): /ˈiu̯nivɛrs/



  1. (Late Middle English, rare) The universe; the stars.

Related terms

  • universite
  • universal


  • English: universe
  • Scots: universe


  • “ūniverse, n.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-04-31.

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