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war bride

a woman who marries a serviceman about to go overseas in wartime.
a woman who marries a foreign serviceman and goes to live in his country.
Origin of war bride
First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Mrs. Bowen was in to tell me about it––all about a Russian war bride.

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley
  • Said she didn't want to be no war bride, that she could wait for me better if I didn't.

    Three Soldiers John Dos Passos
  • But he had never loved—unless it might be, mildly, Concepcion, and Concepcion was now a war bride.

    The Pretty Lady

    Arnold E. Bennett
  • He was stationed somewhere—Marise didn't know where—and Cath had been a "war bride."

    Vision House C. N. Williamson
  • I'd rather be a wife or a widow any day than be an old maid; and to be a war bride—oh!

    War Brides: A Play in One Act Marion Craig Wentworth
  • Struggle and struggle to feed herself and her child; and the fine-sounding name you trick us with—war bride!

    War Brides: A Play in One Act Marion Craig Wentworth
  • Proudly the war bride, ending so, Sank breathless in the dumb white snow.

    Dreams and Days: Poems George Parsons Lathrop
  • However, the field-post did not guarantee delivery; and thus the war bride got the left boot, and not the right one.

British Dictionary definitions for war bride

war bride

a soldier's bride met as a result of troop movements in wartime, esp a foreign national
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