prewar

[ pree-wawr ]
/ ˈpriˈwɔr /

adjective

before the war: prewar prices.

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Origin of prewar

First recorded in 1905–10; pre- + war1
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British Dictionary definitions for prewar

prewar
/ (ˌpriːˈwɔː, ˈpriːˌwɔː) /

adjective

of or occurring in the period before a war, esp before World War I or II
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