A man of the world. One acquainted with the ways of public and social life.
“Touchstone. To-morrow will we be married.”
“I do desire it with all my heart; and I hope it is no
dishonest desire to be a woman of the world.”
“Everyone goes to the world but I, and I may sit in a
corner and cry heigho! for a husband.”
“If I may have your ladyship's good will to go to the world, Isabel and I will do as we may.” —All's Well that Ends Well, i. 3.
(The). The world, the flesh, and the devil. “The world,” i.e. the things of this world, in contradistinction to religious matters; “the flesh,” i.e. love of pleasure and sensual enjoyments; “the devil,” i.e. all temptations to evil of every kind, as theft, murder, lying, blasphemy, and so on.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894