Claim for coinage of cold war is disputed. It was probably coined independently by both George Orwell and by journalist and speechwriter Herbert Bayard Swope. It is often ascribed to columnist Walter Lippmann, who did not coin it, but was instrumental in popularizing the term.
Prize for first published use goes to George Orwell who used it in a 19 October 1945 article in the Tribune:
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A State which was...in a permanent state of “cold war” with its neighbours.
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