noun, plural cas·u·al·ties.
- a member of the armed forces lost to service through death, wounds, sickness, capture, or because his or her whereabouts or condition cannot be determined.
- casualties,loss in numerical strength through any cause, as death, wounds, sickness, capture, or desertion.
- casual contact,
- casual friday,
- casualty insurance,
Origin of casualty
Examples from the Web for casualties
Thankfully there were no casualties—the driver managed to stop the train immediately.
Among the casualties with the most dangerous implications for their future is education.
Add the fighting before that, and the American casualties came to over 62,000.Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day|James Jones|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
PKK sources say they suffered no casualties—they insist there was also an artillery bombardment on their bases.
Iranian news outlets claimed that the attack was carried by ISIS, but no casualties were reported.
While trainmen represent but 20 per cent, of the total number of employes, the casualties among them represent 58 per cent.The Railroad Question|William Larrabee
The character of the casualties sufficiently indicates the comparative feebleness of the fighting.Story of the War in South Africa|Captain A. T. Mahan, U.S.N.
The struggle at both points was a fierce one and the casualties were heavy on either side.The History of the Confederate War, Its Causes and Its Conduct, Volume I (of 2)|George Cary Eggleston
Casualties were not exceptionally heavy, but the strenuous work and perpetual stress of the nerves told on them.Norman Ten Hundred|A. Stanley Blicq
This affair all but doubled the day's casualties, which now numbered 500.History of the War in South Africa 1899-1902 v. 1 (of 4)|Sir Frederick Maurice.
noun plural -ties
early 15c., "chance, accident; incidental charge," from casual (adj.) on model of royalty, penalty, etc. Casuality had some currency 16c.-17c. but is now obsolete. Meaning "losses in numbers from a military or other troop" is from late 15c. Meaning "an individual killed, wounded, or lost in battle" is from 1844.