Full record for Planet Earth n.

Definition (without the, and usu. with one or both initials capitals), the earth as the particular planet on which man lives
OED requirements antedating 1941
Earliest cite Anonymous, 'Comet' magazine.
Comment Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1991 reprint of Thomas Gifford's 1990 "The Assassin". Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 2004 reprint of John Varley's 2003 "Red Thunder".Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 2003 reprint of Tom Clancy's 2002 "Red Rabbit". Fred Galvin submitted a 1948 cite from Jack Vance's "Hard Luck Diggings". Fred Galvin submitted a 1941 cite from "Comet" magazine,in the form of an advertisement in a fictitious future newspaper,'The Spacean'.

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Citations for Planet Earth n.

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1948 J. Vance Hard Luck Diggings in Startling Stories July 106/1 You must remember that this is not Planet Earth, and conditions—the psychological, the biological, and‥the essentially logical circumstances—are different from what you have been accustomed to.
1990 T. Gifford Assassini iv. 427 It is, Holiness, directly related to your continuing usefulness on Planet Earth, however long or short your remaining time.
2002 T. Clancy Red Rabbit 496 There was no use turning on the bedside radio. Hungarian—actually Magyar—was a language probably found on the planet Mars. For damned sure, it didn't belong on Planet Earth.
2003 J. Varley Red Thunder xx. 216 They were all opposed to the newly christened International Power Administration and in favor of staying on a polluted and threatened Planet Earth, and many of them threw rocks and Molotov cocktails to prove how passionately they loved the Earth.