war zone


: a zone in which belligerents are waging war
broadly : an area marked by extreme violence
: a designated area especially on the high seas within which rights of neutrals are not respected by a belligerent nation in time of war

Examples of war zone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dozens of interviews over the last two years show that the reasons civilians stay behind in war zones are complicated. Marc Santora Tyler Hicks, New York Times, 18 Feb. 2024 Among them were several famous pooches rescued from war zones in Iraq. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Feb. 2024 There’s Max, who travels the world working to eliminate unexploded bullets and mines in war zones. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, 21 Jan. 2024 Carey Mulligan highlighted the need to support children in war zones across the world at Variety’s Power of Women Presented by Lifteime event on Thursday. Breanna Bell, Variety, 17 Nov. 2023 Ward, who replaced Christiane Amanpour as CNN’s chief international correspondent in 2018, has been reporting from war zones for more than twenty years. Clare Malone, The New Yorker, 13 Jan. 2024 Inside ‘little Gaza’: The civilians trapped in a West Bank war zone The failure of police and the army to respond effectively to the violence on Oct. 11 is clear from the evidence collected by The Post and shared with forensics and legal experts. Shakked Auerbach, Washington Post, 9 Jan. 2024 The broadcast journalist still spent the following three weeks reporting from the war zone. Emily St. Martin, Los Angeles Times, 8 Jan. 2024 Their accounts have helped officials and investigators build a picture of a Russian effort to remove children from Ukraine — often under the pretext of rescuing them from the war zone — to turn them against their homeland and into loyal Russian subjects. Carlotta Gall, New York Times, 27 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of war zone was in 1914

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“War zone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/war%20zone. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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