Meaning of “famine” in the English Dictionary

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"famine" in British English

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faminenoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈfæm.ɪn/ us /ˈfæm.ɪn/

C2 a situation in which there is not enough food for a great number of people, causing illness and death, or a particular period when this happens:

Another crop failure could result in widespread famine.
There were reports of refugees dying of famine.
Thousands of people emigrated during the Irish potato famine of 1845–46.

(Definition of “famine” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"famine" in American English

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faminenoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈfæm·ən/

an extreme lack of food in a region, causing suffering and death:

[ U ] Widespread famine was reported in the region.

(Definition of “famine” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)