Civilian meaning

sĭ-vĭlyən
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A civilian is defined as a person who isn't in the military.

A child is an example of a civilian.

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The definition of civilian is something that is for someone who isn't in the military.

Regular everyday clothing worn by most people is an example of civilian clothes.

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Of, relating to, or being a civilian or civilians.

Civilian clothes; a civilian career.

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That which is not related to the military, police or other uniformed profession.

The three detainees were actually army defectors wearing civilian clothing.

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A specialist in Roman or civil law.
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A specialist in civil or Roman law.
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One skilled in civil law.
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Of or for civilians; nonmilitary.
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A person following the pursuits of civil life, especially one who is not an active member of the armed forces.

Three civilians were apprehended by the soldiers and taken away in a military vehicle.

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(informal) A person who does not belong to a particular group or engage in a particular activity.
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A student of civil law at a university or college.

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Any person not an active member of the armed forces or of an official force having police power.
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Origin of civilian

  • Middle English civil law judge from Old French civilien from civil civil from Latin cīvīlis civil

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French civilien.

    From Wiktionary