civilian

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French civilien.

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Noun[edit]

civilian (plural civilians)

  1. 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.
  2. (informal) A person who does not belong to a particular group or engage in a particular activity.
  3. One skilled in civil law.
    • Jonathan Swift
      Ancient civilians and writers upon government.
  4. A student of civil law at a university or college.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of R. Graves to this entry?)

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Adjective[edit]

civilian

  1. 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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