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

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"the Second World War" in British English

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the Second World Warnoun [ S ]

uk /ˌsek.ənd ˌwɜːld ˈwɔːr/ us /ˌsek.ənd ˌwɝːld ˈwɔːr/ also World War Two, World War II, written abbreviation WWII

Examples from literature

  • After the Second World War, people in Japan were hungry. 
  • After the Second World War, the Japanese emphasis on quality and precision helped to create strong, dynamic industries, innovating in many areas. 
  • Soviet soldiers wore these warm fur hats through the Second World War, or World War II. 

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