civil servant

noun

1
: a member of a civil service
2
: a member of the administrative staff of an international agency

Example Sentences

took the examination to become a civil servant in the defense department
Recent Examples on the Web Amid government crackdowns on technology industries and excessive wealth, working as a civil servant has suddenly become attractive because it is perceived as a stable career. Christian Shepherd, Washington Post, 17 Jan. 2023 Amid government crackdowns on technology industries and excessive wealth, working as a civil servant has suddenly become attractive because it is perceived as a stable career. Christian Shepherd, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Jan. 2023 In 1950, at the age of twenty-four, the civil servant arrived from Guyana (then called British Guiana). Colin Grant, The New York Review of Books, 6 July 2022 That's two villains and an antihero class-splaining our protagonist, so just imagine what the noble civil servant thinks. Darren Franich, EW.com, 10 Mar. 2022 And Sebestian Jungo, 40, who recently quit his job as a civil servant in Switzerland and moved to Perhentian to help build up the coral nursery. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2022 In Oregon’s 5th District, a Republican former mayor and a Democrat who’s a long-time civil servant are campaigning furiously for an open seat in Congress that’s one of the most competitive in the country this year. oregonlive, 16 Oct. 2022 In 2019, a gay civil servant won his appeal on spousal benefits for his husband. Time, 30 Sep. 2022 Over the past five years, Peru has had three Congresses and six presidents, including its newest leader and first female president, Dina Boluarte, an attorney and former civil servant whose government is looking to be short-lived. Mitra Taj, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1767, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of civil servant was in 1767

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“Civil servant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/civil%20servant. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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