Definition of casualty
2 : serious or fatal accident : disaster losses from fire, storm, or other casualty — J. S. Seidman
3a : 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
a low number of casualties
the real casualties in the war against drugs are millions of innocent children
Origin and Etymology of casualty
First Known Use: 15th century
CASUALTY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of casualty for Students
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 Definition of casualty
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
3a: injury or death from accidentb: one injured or killed (as by accident)
Legal Definition of casualty
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