One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1rare A later or subsequent war. Now rare.
2The period following a war.
Following a war; of, relating to, or characteristic of the period following a war. Now chiefly with reference to the wars of 1914–18 and 1939–45.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Henry Ainsworth (1569–1622), separatist minister and religious controversialist. From after- + war.
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