from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The entire world; the universe.
- n. A system reflecting on a large scale one of its component systems or parts.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A complex structure, such as a society, considered as a single entity that contains numerous similar, smaller-scale structures.
- n. The universe.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The great world; that part of the universe which is exterior to man; -- contrasted with microcosm, or man. See microcosm.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The great world; the universe, or the visible system of worlds: opposed to microcosm, or the little world constituted by man. The conception dates back to Democritus (born 460 b. c.). See microcosm.
- n. The entire mass of anything of which man forms a part; the whole of any division of nature or of knowledge.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. everything that exists anywhere
Medieval Latin macrocosmus : Greek makro-, macro- + Greek kosmos, world.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin macrocosmus, formed from Ancient Greek μακρός (makros, "great, long") + κόσμος (cosmos, "universe, order"). (Wiktionary)