world war

noun
a war that involves most of the principal nations of the world.

Origin:
1910–15

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world war
first attested 1909 as a speculation, probably a translation of Ger. Weltkrieg. Applied to the first one soon after it began in 1914. World War I coined 1939, replacing Great War as the most common name for it; First World War first attested 1947. World War II so-called since 1939; Second World War is
from 1942.
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