civilian

noun ci·vil·ian \ sə-ˈvil-yən also -ˈvi-yən \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of civilian

1 : a specialist in Roman or modern civil law
2 a : one not on active duty in the armed services or not on a police or firefighting force
b : outsider 1

civilian

adjective

Examples of civilian in a Sentence

  1. The bomb injured 12 civilians.

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First Known Use of civilian

15th century


CIVILIAN Defined for English Language Learners

civilian

noun

Definition of civilian for English Language Learners

  • : a person who is not a member of the military or of a police or firefighting force


CIVILIAN Defined for Kids

1

civilian

noun ci·vil·ian \ sə-ˈvil-yən \

Definition of civilian for Students

: a person who is not a member of a military, police, or firefighting force

2

civilian

adjective

Definition of civilian for Students

: of or relating to people who are not members of a military, police, or firefighting force
  • After serving in the army, he got a civilian job.

Law Dictionary

1

civilian

noun ci·vil·ian

legal Definition of civilian

: a specialist in Roman or modern civil law

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civilian

adjective

legal Definition of civilian

: of or relating to civil law as distinguished from common law


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