Definition of pre-war in English:

pre-war

adjective

  • Existing, occurring, or built before a war.

    ‘the pre-war years’
    • ‘The wooden structure is typical of pre-war urban style residences.’
    • ‘Tullow had won the last pre-war Carlow Juvenile Football title in 1938 and won it again a decade later.’
    • ‘The pre-war oligarchic elite immediately sought to restore society's previous ordering.’
    • ‘To the north the route to the summit on which pre-war Everest expeditions pinned their hopes looked in its upper reaches prohibitively steep.’
    • ‘We'll work on it, and we'll move forward and we'll get them back to pre-war levels here in the next 60 days.’
    • ‘Dunbar, born in Mississippi in 1904, was one of the last direct links to the unpolished, pre-war blues.’
    • ‘Proposals for preserving the five pre-war buildings were also important.’
    • ‘Countless stories have been told by my older cousins about the pre-war visits to my grandparents' house in the mountains.’
    • ‘Gareth Parker has posted a reminder on some other pre-war predictions that didn't pan out and aren't receiving quite as much attention now.’
    • ‘In a sense, a pre-war situation is much more difficult for the media to cover.’
    • ‘But my mother used to say, Oh, Julie, if you could only have known it in pre-war times.’
    • ‘The narration moves across a few decades, with the most engaging part set in the pre-war days of the late 1920s and 30s.’
    • ‘Perhaps he meant his play to be a parody of a pre-war drawing room drama rather than the travesty that was portrayed on the stage of Richmond Theatre.’
    • ‘Old-fashioned streetlamps hanging from bare cables, reminiscent of pre-war Shanghai.’
    • ‘The low cost is due in large part to generous pre-war government subsidies on petroleum products that remain in place today.’
    • ‘Sindelar's slight frame was the talk of pre-war Viennese football.’
    • ‘The Johnston Road project requires the developer to conserve five pre-war buildings of historic value.’
    • ‘In many colonies, the pre-war naval volunteer forces were expanded.’
    • ‘It is important to underline that the heroine represents both pre-war and post-war values.’
    • ‘Unlike the pre-war fast bowlers he was an excellent fielder in the deep and was possessed of a wonderful throwing arm.’

Pronunciation

pre-war

/priːˈwɔː/