peace·​time ˈpēs-ˌtīm How to pronounce peacetime (audio)
: a time when a nation is not at war

Example Sentences

The size of the army was reduced during peacetime.
Recent Examples on the Web In peacetime, the 200th is garrisoned at spartan bases that lie inside the Arctic Circle, less than 10 miles from Russia’s border with Norway. Paul Sonne, Washington Post, 16 Dec. 2022 That means experts will need to survey these areas to assess the level of contamination – a painstakingly slow process even in peacetime. Dominique Soguel, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Nov. 2022 After a pause in the spring, surrogacy agencies are resuming their work, reviving an industry that many childless people rely on but that critics have called exploitative and that, in peacetime, was already ethically and logistically complex. Andrew E. Kramer Lynsey Addario, New York Times, 16 Oct. 2022 That’s not necessarily an issue during peacetime, when an RC-135 stays in international air space. David Axe, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 Veterans Day recognizes anyone who has served, whether in peacetime or in combat and whether deployed to other countries or domestically. Christine Rousselle, Fox News, 10 Nov. 2022 The siblings — 54 and 51, respectively — have lived through many of South Korea’s modern peacetime tragedies, including the 1995 department store collapse. Andrew Jeong, Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2022 The crowd surge is the country’s deadliest peacetime accident since the 2014 sinking of the Sewol ferry. Stella Kim, NBC News, 31 Oct. 2022 Around 10% of the country’s peacetime gross domestic product comes from the agricultural sector. Jared Malsin, WSJ, 30 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1534, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of peacetime was circa 1534

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“Peacetime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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peace·​time ˈpē-ˌstīm How to pronounce peacetime (audio)
: a time when a nation is not at war

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