of or relating to a city; municipal: civic problems.
of or relating to citizenship; civil: civic duties.
of citizens: civic pride.

Origin of civic

1535–45; < Latin cīvicus, equivalent to cīv(is) citizen + -icus -ic
Related formsciv·i·cal·ly, adverban·ti·civ·ic, adjectivein·ter·civ·ic, adjectivepro·civ·ic, adjectiveun·civ·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of civic

Historical Examples of civic

  • The civic portion of the parade numbered about five thousand men.


    Scian Dubh

  • It is easy to forgive them for such statements; civic pride is a virtue.

  • Women were secluded from all civic life and from all intellectual culture.

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • It ain't no part of our civic economy to let Red Dog get by with anything.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends

    Alfred Henry Lewis

  • We may distinguish broadly three aims: the vocational, the civic, and the cultural.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

British Dictionary definitions for civic



of or relating to a city, citizens, or citizenshipcivic duties
Derived Formscivically, adverb

Word Origin for civic

C16: from Latin cīvicus, from cīvis citizen
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Word Origin and History for civic

1540s, originally mostly in civic crown (Latin corona civica), a chaplet of oak leaves awarded to one who saved the life of a fellow citizen in battle, from Latin civicus "of a citizen," adjectival derivation of civis "townsman" (see city). Sense of "having to do with citizens" is from 1790.

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