war bride

noun

Definition of war bride

1 : a woman who marries a serviceman ordered into active service in time of war
2 : a woman who marries a serviceman especially of a foreign nation met during a time of war

Examples of war bride in a Sentence

My grandmother was a war bride during World War II.
Recent Examples on the Web Nick Barraco had just returned from World War II with an English war bride. Louisa Chu, chicagotribune.com, "Vito & Nick’s celebrates 100 years in Chicago with the best tavern-style pizza in the city," 12 Aug. 2020 Richard recalls reading The Courier Journal one day and seeing a photo of local French war bride Josette Bouchet Kearns and her husband William. Pat Mcdonogh, The Courier-Journal, "From France to Louisville, this epic WWII love story of 71 years was cut short by COVID-19," 28 May 2020 Based on the novel of the same name, the musical tells the story of an Italian war bride trapped in rural Iowa who falls in love with a footloose photographer while her family is out of town. Kt Hawbaker, chicagotribune.com, "Theo Ubique will inaugurate new home with season that includes 'Hedwig' and 'The Full Monty'," 6 June 2018 Melissa Hunter is compelling as Abagnale's French war bride mother, equal parts victim and villain. Theodore P. Mahne, NOLA.com, "JPAS premieres 'Catch Me If You Can,' a criminally enjoyable hit," 17 Apr. 2018 To see photos from families of Japanese war brides, visit https://instagram.com/kathryn.tolbert. Kathryn Tolbert, Washington Post, "The Japanese once ruled the Boston Marathon. A war bride’s son recalls the slurs.," 15 Apr. 2018 Al was divorced from his war bride and, sadly, eventually estranged from his two sons. Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stingl: Family finds letter sent home to mom by a soldier who witnessed liberation of Buchenwald death camp," 6 Apr. 2018 His mother was an Austrian war bride and his father was a noted mathematician. Alex Vadukul, New York Times, "Redemption of a Lost Prodigy," 30 Mar. 2018 At Sansome Street, all 104 women detainees, the majority Chinese war brides like Ha, launched a hunger strike to protest immigration policies. Daniela Blei, Smithsonian, "A Federal Immigration Building With a Dark Past," 12 May 2017

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First Known Use of war bride

1892, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“War bride.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/war%20bride. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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war bride

noun

English Language Learners Definition of war bride

: a woman who marries a soldier during a war

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