Definition of American Civil War in US English:

American Civil War

proper noun

  • The war between the northern US states (usually known as the Union) and the Confederate states of the South, 1861–65.

The war was fought over the issues of slavery and states' rights. The pro-slavery southern states seceded from the Federal Union following the election of Abraham Lincoln on an anti-slavery platform, but were defeated by the North

Pronunciation

American Civil War

/əˈmerəkən ˈsivil wô(ə)r/