world war

noun

Definition of world war 

: a war engaged in by all or most of the principal nations of the world especially, capitalized both Ws : either of two such wars of the first half of the 20th century

Examples of world war in a Sentence

He fought in both World Wars. The nations were prepared for world war.

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When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, Black Panther must team up with the C.I.A. and the Dora Milaje, Wakanadan special forces, to prevent the country from getting dragged into a world war. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Every New Disney Movie Coming Out in 2018," 3 Jan. 2018 The village memorial counts 67 villagers lost in two world wars. The Economist, "Take the B trainA day crossing Paris by train," 16 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of world war

1848, in the meaning defined above

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world war

noun

English Language Learners Definition of world war

: a war involving many nations of the world

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