E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A man of the world. One acquainted with the ways of public and social life.
A woman of the world. A married woman. (See above.)
Touchstone. To-morrow will we be married.
Audrey. I do desire it with all my heart; and I hope it is no dishonest desire to be a woman of the world.Shakespeare: As You Like It, v. 3.
All the world and his wife. Everyone without exception.
To go to the world. To get married. The Catholics at one time exalted celibacy into a crown of glory, and divided mankind into celibates and worldlings (or laity). The former were monks and nuns, and the latter were the monde (or people of the world). Similarly they divided literature into sacred and profane.
Everyone goes to the world but I, and I may sit in a corner and cry heigho! for a husband.Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing, ii. 1.
If I may have your ladyships good will to go to the world, Isabel and I will do as we may.Alls Well that Ends Well, i. 3.