- a war that involves most of the principal nations of the world.
Origin of world war
Examples from the Web for world war
But now all was peace in London, and the world-war half forgotten.Mademoiselle of Monte Carlo
William Le Queux
Have you ever stopped to think what this world-war will mean to womankind?Ways of War and Peace
We have signed, and the last shot of the world-war has been fired.Diary of a U-Boat Commander
And as the Powers will be afraid of a second world-war, who will come to our aid?The Fight For The Republic in China
Bertram Lenox Putnam Weale
We are experiencing in the world-war a fearful balancing-up with the rational intentionality of organised culture.
Word Origin and History for world war
attested by 1898 as a speculation.
If through fear of entangling alliances the United States should return the Philippines to Spain, Mr. Page asserted that the predatory nations would swoop down upon them and a world war would result. ["New York Times," Dec. 16, 1898]
Applied to the first one almost as soon as it began in 1914 ("England has Thrown Lot with France in World War" -- headline, "Pittsburgh Press," Aug. 2, 1914). World War I coined 1939, replacing Great War as the most common name for it; First World War, World War II, and Second World War all also are from 1939.