Definitions

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  • n. A war involving the major nations of the world.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a war in which the major nations of the world are involved

Etymologies

A calque of German Weltkrieg (from 1904), English since 1909. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “Sentinels around the world held their breath — the crisis had been fed not just by Cold War politics, but by the poison that was pouring down to Earth from a world war in Kerras.

    Memory of Fire

  • For every house, workshop, water-tower, railway embankment, wall, cellar and every pile of ruins, a bitter battle was waged, without equal even in the first world war with its vast expenditure of munitions.

    Barbarossa

  • We came out of the Civil War with one commissioned officer, Major Martin R. Delaney, but we entered this world war with nearly a thousand.

    Unwritten History

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