Last modified on 30 March 2014, at 21:00
From Old Dutch werold, werolt, from Proto-Germanic *weraldiz, from Proto-Germanic *weraz (“man”) + *aldiz (“time, age, old”), hence "age of man".
Cognate to West Frisian wrâld, English world, German Welt, Swedish värld.
wereld f, m (plural werelden, diminutive wereldje n)
The genitive form 's werelds is still in common use.