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See also: war, WAR, wär, and war-


Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, an 1887 painting by Victor Vasnetsov. The Lamb is visible at the top.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. Preceded by the: designating a particularly notable war.
    1. (obsolete) World War I.
      • 1939 October 30, “Paintings by Adolf Hitler”, in Life, volume 7, number 18, New York, N.Y.: Time Inc., →ISSN, →OCLC, page 52:
        Through much of the War, Hitler carried his painter's kit, did water colors of War-ruined buildings.
    2. (chiefly British, informal) World War II.
  2. The personification of war, often depicted in armour and riding a red horse; the red rider.
  3. A city in West Virginia, United States.


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First attested as werum in 1433. Borrowed from West Frisian It War, derived in turn from Old Frisian were (plot of land, landed property), later reinterpreted to West Frisian war (low-lying grassland).


  • IPA(key): /ʋɑr/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: War
  • Rhymes: -ɑr
  • Homophone: war

Proper noun[edit]

War n

  1. A hamlet in Waadhoeke, Friesland, Netherlands.


  • van Berkel, Gerard, Samplonius, Kees (2018) Nederlandse plaatsnamen verklaard (in Dutch), Mijnbestseller.nl, →ISBN