civil list

noun

Definition of civil list

1 British Commonwealth : a list of sums appropriated annually to pay members of the civil government (such as judges, ambassadors, secretaries) and civil servants obsolete in U.S.
2 : a list of sums appropriated by a parliament to pay expenses of the sovereign and the sovereign's household

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First Known Use of civil list

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Civil list.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/civil%20list. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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