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

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“Prewar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prewar. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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