civil list

noun

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

Word History

First Known Use

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of civil list was in 1648

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“Civil list.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/civil%20list. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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