Definition of “holocaust” - English Dictionary

“holocaust” in British English

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holocaustnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈhɒl.ə.kɔːst/ us /ˈhɑː.lə.kɑːst/

the Holocaustnoun [ S ]

uk /ˈhɒl.ə.kɔːst/ us /ˈhɑː.lə.kɑːst/

the killing of millions of Jews and others by the Nazis before and during the Second World War

Examples

  • He designed the Holocaust Museum in Berlin.
  • Her grandparents were killed during the Holocaust.
  • The ceremony was attended by several holocaust survivors.
  • The lecture was entitled 'The Holocaust and Memory'.

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

“holocaust” in American English

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holocaustnoun [ C ]

us /ˈhɑl·əˌkɔst, ˈhoʊ·lə-, -ˌkɑst/

a large amount of destruction, esp. by fire or heat, or the killing of large numbers of people:

a nuclear holocaust
the Holocaust

The Holocaust was the systematic murder of many people, esp. Jews, by the Nazis during World War II.

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