prewar

adjective
pre·​war | \ ˌprē-ˈwȯr How to pronounce prewar (audio) \
variants: or pre-war

Definition of prewar

: occurring or existing before a war and especially before World War II prewar conditions the prewar era/period/years the country's prewar population prewar levels of industrial production an apartment in a prewar building

First Known Use of prewar

1868, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about prewar

Statistics for prewar

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for prewar

The first known use of prewar was in 1868

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for prewar

prewar

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of prewar

: happening or existing before a war especially : happening or existing before World War II

More from Merriam-Webster on prewar

Spanish Central: Translation of prewar

Nglish: Translation of prewar for Spanish Speakers

Comments on prewar

What made you want to look up prewar? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to shake or wave menacingly

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Summer 2019 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a-bowl-of-peach-sorbet-with-cut-peaches-next-to-it
  • Which is a synonym of desideratum?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!