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

Examples of peacetime in a Sentence

The size of the army was reduced during peacetime.
Recent Examples on the Web Beijing has been engaged in the most comprehensive peacetime military buildup of any nation since World War II. CBS News, 2 June 2024 That discovery prompted one of the largest peacetime evacuations in Britain’s history, with more than 10,000 residents forced to vacate while crews removed the ordnance. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 May 2024 The peacetime route, Koester says, would rely on differentiating Flow. Amanda Hoover, WIRED, 3 May 2024 The media industry, a disaster zone even in peacetime, appears to have collapsed. Justin Chang, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for peacetime 

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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 19 Jun. 2024.

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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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