post·​war | \ ˈpōs(t)-ˌwär How to pronounce postwar (audio) \

Definition of postwar

: occurring or existing after a war especially : occurring or existing after World War II

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Recent Examples on the Web McDonald’s, created in 1943 and massively expanded in the postwar era, didn’t even add dine-in seating until 1963. Corey Mintz, Wired, 16 Nov. 2021 Few nations have influenced U.S. culture as much as Italy has in the postwar era, and few nations have provided more forebears to the current U.S. population. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 On one subject, Mr. Macron has never wavered: the defense of Europe’s great postwar push for integration to assure peace. New York Times, 5 Mar. 2021 First of all, Sarasota had been a cosmopolitan center long before the postwar boom. Bob Morris, Travel + Leisure, 24 Oct. 2021 In retrospect, the unrest of 1946 was the prelude to abundant postwar prosperity. New York Times, 23 Oct. 2021 In retrospect, the unrest of 1946 was the prelude to abundant postwar prosperity., 23 Oct. 2021 Baby Boomers are the only currently living cohort defined by an actual demographic event—in this case, the postwar baby boom. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, 14 Oct. 2021 Although Word War II put a hold on all civilian automotive production, within a decade, the motoring public was chomping at the bit to get behind the wheel of cars that reflected American postwar prosperity and the promise of the Jet Age. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 12 July 2021

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First Known Use of postwar

1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Postwar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of postwar

: happening, existing, or made after a war especially : happening, existing, or made after World War II

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