World-war meaning

Alternative spelling of world war.
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A war involving the major nations of the world.

"Armageddon, that world war with which the Second Coming is to be so closely associated." (Aldous Huxley, Crome Yellow 1921, ix.)

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Origin of world-war

  • A calque of German Weltkrieg (from 1904), English since 1909.

    From Wiktionary