casualty

noun ca·su·al·ty \ ˈka-zhəl-tē , ˈkazh-wəl- , ˈka-zhə-wəl- \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of casualty

plural casualties
1 archaic :chance, fortune
  • losses that befall them by mere casualty
  • —Sir Walter Raleigh
2 :serious or fatal accident :disaster
  • losses from fire, storm, or other casualty
  • —J. S. Seidman
3 a :a military person lost through death, wounds, injury, sickness, internment, or capture or through being missing in action
  • The army sustained heavy casualties.
b :a person or thing injured, lost, or destroyed :victim
  • the ex-senator was a casualty of the last election

Examples of casualty in a Sentence

  1. a low number of casualties

  2. the real casualties in the war against drugs are millions of innocent children

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Origin and Etymology of casualty

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CASUALTY Defined for English Language Learners

casualty

noun

Definition of casualty for English Language Learners

  • : a person who is hurt or killed during an accident, war, etc.

  • : a person or thing that is harmed, lost, or destroyed


CASUALTY Defined for Kids

casualty

noun ca·su·al·ty \ ˈka-zhəl-tē \

Definition of casualty for Students

plural casualties
1 :a person who is hurt or killed in a war, disaster, or accident
2 :a person or thing injured, lost, or destroyed
  • The old tree was a casualty of the storm.

Medical Dictionary

casualty

noun ca·su·al·ty \ ˈkazh-əl-tē, ˈkazh-(ə-)wəl- \

medical Definition of casualty

plural casualties
1 :a serious or fatal accident
2 :a military person lost through death, wounds, injury, sickness, internment, or capture or through being missing in action
3 a :injury or death from accident
b :one injured or killed (as by accident)

Law Dictionary

casualty

noun ca·su·al·ty \ ˈka-zhəl-tē, ˈka-zhə-wəl- \

legal Definition of casualty

plural casualties
1 :an unfortunate occurrence; especially :a serious and often disastrous accident
  • conversion of property…arising from fire, storm, shipwreck, or other casualty
  • Internal Revenue Code
2 :something lost, stolen, damaged, or destroyed — see also casualty gain at gain, casualty loss at loss


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