a war fought in Spain, from 1936 to 1939, between the right-wing nationalists, led by General Franco, and the left-wing Republicans. Many people from other countries joined the International Brigade to help the Republicans, including well-known writers and poets such as GeorgeOrwell, and the US writer Ernest Hemingway wrote about the war as a news reporter. The Nationalists won the war, and from 1939 to 1975 Spain was ruled by Franco.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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