a time or period of peace: a large navy even in peacetime.


of or for such a period: peacetime uses of atomic energy.

Origin of peacetime

First recorded in 1545–55; peace + time Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  1. a period without war; time of peace
  2. (as modifier)a peacetime agreement
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Word Origin and History for peacetime

also peace-time, 1550s, from peace + time (n.).

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