Meaning of “the First World War” in the English Dictionary

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"the First World War" in British English

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the First World Warnoun [ S ]

uk /ˌfɜːst ˌwɜːld ˈwɔːr/ us /ˌfɝːst ˌwɝːld ˈwɔːr/ also World War One, written abbreviation WWI

Examples from literature

  • This idea was copied in the First World War when British boats were painted in many different patterns to confuse the enemy. 
  • As a civil servant and senior Treasury representative he served at the Versailles negotiations after the First World War. 
  • It is in this same spirit that various pacifist groups undertook the work of relief of suffering after the First World War in "friendly" and "enemy" countries alike, ministering to human need without distinction of party, race or creed. 
  • The other process dates back to the outbreak of the First World War that threw the Great Republic of the West into the vortex of the first stage of a world upheaval. 
  • The subject of divorce was very fully discussed in the Houses of Parliament in England, in New Zealand, and elsewhere after the First World War. 

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