civilian

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noun ci·vil·ian \sə-ˈvil-yən also -ˈvi-yən\

Definition of civilian

  1. 1 :  a specialist in Roman or modern civil law

  2. 2a :  one not on active duty in the armed services or not on a police or firefighting forceb :  outsider 1

civilian

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Examples of civilian in a Sentence

  1. The bomb injured 12 civilians.

Recent Examples of civilian from the Web

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15th Century

First Known Use of civilian

15th century


CIVILIAN Defined for English Language Learners

civilian

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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

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civilian

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noun ci·vil·ian \sə-ˈvil-yən\

Definition of civilian for Students

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


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adjective ci·vil·ian

Definition of civilian for Students

  1. :  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

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noun ci·vil·ian

Legal Definition of civilian

  1. :  a specialist in Roman or modern civil law


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civilian

adjective ci·vil·ian

Legal Definition of civilian

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



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