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civilian clothes

plural noun
everyday or ordinary clothing, as distinguished from a military uniform.
Informal. ordinary clothing as distinguished from a uniform, clerical garb, or work clothes.
Origin of civilian clothes
First recorded in 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The door creaked open and a man in civilian clothes entered.

  • With him in the Place Carnot was the Spaniard who had begged for his civilian clothes.

    A Soldier of the Legion C. N. Williamson
  • He would have put on civilian clothes, had he possessed any.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • I did miss a couple of shirts from my store of civilian clothes when I got home.

    A Padre in France George A. Birmingham
  • Then it is just possible that all the performers have not yet got into their civilian clothes.

  • Even the men in their civilian clothes were good to look upon.

    Life in a Tank Richard Haigh
  • Friends in England sent through suits of civilian clothes to us.

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