Definition of cold war in English:

cold war

noun

  • 1A state of political hostility between countries characterized by threats, propaganda, and other measures short of open warfare, in particular.

    1. 1.1 The state of political hostility that existed between the Soviet bloc countries and the US-led Western powers from 1945 to 1990.
      • ‘But, sooner or later, this Cold War relic will be cast aside.’
      • ‘Today it remains enslaved to this Cold War legacy, with both its structure and vision predicated on a world divided into states and spheres of influence.’
      • ‘None of this would have happened if there was still a Cold War and if there was still a Soviet Union.’
      • ‘It's like a Cold War between two formerly great friends.’
      • ‘There is also the thing, which I think explains a lot of this, is a Cold War mentality.’
      • ‘It is particularly interesting to note the change in countries like Brazil and Russia - only 15 years ago, one was in political and economic chaos and the other a Cold War enemy.’
      • ‘Who started the Cold War - the United States or the Soviet Union?’
      • ‘During the Cold War it was the scene of exchanges of spies.’
      • ‘If there's anything that Reagan should be honoured for it was his preparedness to welcome the initiative offered by Mikhail Gorbachev to declare a Cold War truce.’
      • ‘Such is the power of inertia in politics: what's happening today is largely a response to a Cold War that is over and an empire that no longer exists.’
      • ‘During the Cold War the city was used by film-makers as a stand-in for St Petersburg in movies such as Reds, The Kremlin Letter and Doctor Zhivago.’
      • ‘Growing up in the 60's and 70's was to grow up with the words Cold War hanging over your head every day.’
      • ‘In 1958, at the height of the Cold War, Cliburn won the first International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow.’
      • ‘This definition emerged from intense and difficult negotiations in a Cold War context, and it is marked by the biases of the men who negotiated and approved it.’
      • ‘During the Cold War the Soviet Union acted to restrain the US.’
      • ‘He was the head of the Progressive Party and ran on a pure liberal New Deal platform, but one that also advocated engagement with the Soviet Union instead of a Cold War.’
      • ‘In the 1950s the United States recruited Pakistan as an ally in its Cold War with the Soviet Union.’
      • ‘But Americans in 1963 were in the midst of a Cold War, still haunted by the specters of Cuba and Berlin and Korea.’
      • ‘During this Cold War, United States military aircraft flew thousands of covert reconnaissance intelligence flights.’
      • ‘Think about what we did in World War I, World War II, throughout the Cold War.’

Pronunciation:

cold war

/ˈkōl(d) ˈˌwô(ə)r/