noun, often attributive
war·​time | \ ˈwȯr-ˌtīm How to pronounce wartime (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web USA TODAY Life during wartime is littered with changes. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "How Detroit TV new teams are coping amid coronavirus pandemic," 20 Mar. 2020 As fashion journalist Jasmin Malik Chua pointed out on Twitter, those sorts of efforts typically occur during wartime, as when makers of lingerie or silk shifted to producing camouflage netting and parachutes in World War II. Marc Bain, Quartz, "Coronavirus means companies like LVMH and Foxconn are making medical supplies," 16 Mar. 2020 The Olympics have been canceled only three times, all during wartime. Yuri Kageyama And Mari Yamaguchi, Houston Chronicle, "Japan Olympic Minister: Games could be held any time in 2020," 3 Mar. 2020 The Air Force has also discussed using air taxis to pick up downed airmen, though given their relatively short range, that seems unlikely in wartime. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "'Now's the Perfect Time to Make Jetsons Cars Real,' Air Force Says," 26 Feb. 2020 My father hardly said a word about his wartime experiences. Haruki Murakami, The New Yorker, "Abandoning a Cat," 30 Sep. 2019 Running to nearly 900 pages, this monumental work traces the wartime experiences of an extended family, the Shaposhnikovs, their spouses, lovers, friends, and colleagues, and figures from various spheres of Soviet life. Sophie Pinkham, The New Republic, "Vasily Grossman’s Lost Epic," 27 Aug. 2019 The modern Olympics dating from 1896 have been canceled only during wartime, and faced boycotts in 1976 in Montreal, in 1980 in Moscow and 1984 in Los Angeles — all in Pound’s memory. Stephen Wade, SFChronicle.com, "Olympics decision needed by late May," 25 Feb. 2020 The modern Olympics, which date to 1896, have been canceled only during wartime. Stephen Wade, Houston Chronicle, "IOC member casts doubt on postponing or moving Tokyo Games," 25 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of wartime

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Wartime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wartime. Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wartime

: a time when a country is involved in a war

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