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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