noun, often attributive
war·time | \ ˈwȯr-ˌtīm \

Definition of wartime 

: a period during which a war is in progress rationing during wartime

Examples of wartime in a Sentence

Many goods were rationed during wartime.

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The bar was inspired by a former owner’s wartime experiences in Tunisia and was originally dubbed Club Morocco. Shakirah Simley, Bon Appetit, "The Harlem of the West: What’s to Become of The Fillmore?," 6 June 2018 The problem is that Jedao doesn’t remember his wartime experience, and the soldiers under his command despise him for his prior, checkered history. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "The 13 enthralling science fiction and fantasy books you need to check out this June," 1 June 2018 Her father’s wartime experience sounds jolly by comparison. Michael Lapointe, The Atlantic, "The Twisted Tale of the World’s Largest Pearl," 11 May 2018 This would allow Tokyo to claim the converted Izumo class ships could take on a variety of missions, including post-earthquake disaster relief, convoy escort in wartime, defensive anti-submarine warfare...and of course, flying jet fighters. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Japan’s Ships May Carry Fighter Jets, But Don’t Call Them Carriers," 29 May 2018 During wartime, for example, our comic superheroes humiliated Nazis. Byron Mccauley, Cincinnati.com, "Byron McCauley: 'Black Panther': America needs this movie now more than ever," 30 Jan. 2018 These wartime tax increases left a lasting legacy of relatively high corporate income tax rates. Robert J. Shiller, New York Times, "Once Cut, Corporate Income Taxes Are Hard to Restore," 22 June 2018 Cameras were equipped on all manner of aircraft, and the wartime practice of aerial reconnaissance was born. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "Aerial Photography Has Changed the World. Drones Are Just the Latest Example," 30 May 2018 That is because at the time, South Korean forces were under wartime operational control of the U.S. — a status that remains in effect today. Thomas Maresca, USA TODAY, "South Korea says it's ready for peace if North Korea denuclearizes," 18 Apr. 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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: a time when a country is involved in a war

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