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 The property is a throwback to the early postwar boom of the late 1940s and to the rise of Modernism on the West Coast. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Slim Aarons Immortalized This Richard Neutra Home in ‘Poolside Gossip.’ Now It’s Selling for $25 Million.," 15 Oct. 2020 By many measures – world health, average life expectancy, extreme poverty reduction, recognition of universal human rights, and women’s and girls’ equality – the postwar period has been unmatched for human advancement. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, "The United Nations: Indispensable or irrelevant?," 18 Sep. 2020 Jacques-Louis Monod, a French composer, conductor, pianist and editor who had a powerful influence on the development of postwar modern music in the United States, died Sept. 21 in Toulouse, France. Washington Post, "Jacques-Louis Monod, influential French composer and conductor, dies at 93," 5 Oct. 2020 In the Yalta Declaration, the three leaders set the stage—or so Roosevelt thought—for the postwar world. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Presidential Illnesses Have Changed the Course of World History," 4 Oct. 2020 Much like the study of twins adopted into different households, the postwar division and eventual reunification of Germany could be seen as such an experiment. The Economist, "Nature v nurture Why east and west German women still work vastly different hours," 3 Oct. 2020 This is Aidan Higgins’s first and finest novel, a masterwork in postwar Irish literature. John Banville, WSJ, "Five Best: John Banville on ‘Big House’ Books," 2 Oct. 2020 Thousands flocked here for the plentiful postwar job opportunities in Grand Prairie and surrounding cities like Arlington and Fort Worth. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, "How did Grand Prairie become D-FW’s longest north-to-south city? Curious Texas investigates," 1 Oct. 2020 For instance, perhaps the zenith of America’s postwar hegemony came in 1990. Joseph W. Sullivan, National Review, "The U.S. Dollar’s Global Reserve Status: No Sign of Slipping," 28 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of postwar

1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Postwar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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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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