Origin of civilian
Related formsan·ti·ci·vil·ian, adjectivenon·ci·vil·ian, nounpro·ci·vil·ian, adjective
Examples from the Web for civilian
The healthier appearance and civilian clothing are very peculiar.
We also have a language filled with distaste for the civilian “others.”
Police have unions, for one, and those unions influence the elections of their civilian leadership.
A civilian corollary was proven when ISIS waterboarded journalist James Foley before beheading him.The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built|Michael Daly|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A civilian commission overruled Beck and rebuked his conclusion.Worse Than Eric Garner: Cops Who Got Away With Killing Autistic Men and Little Girls|Emily Shire|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But he recognised one of them as having just been paid in by the civilian.Hard Cash|Charles Reade
She took in his civilian dress, typed it automatically, and came to an erroneous conclusion.Mercenary|Dallas McCord Reynolds
General Sherman had been great not only as a military leader, but he had been great as a civilian.Life of Wm. Tecumseh Sherman.|W. Fletcher Johnson
General Sterling Price was a civilian who by natural inclination turned to soldiering.The Civil War Through the Camera|Henry W. (Henry William) Elson
Like many other German writers, he saw no hostile act on the part of the civilian population, but they came to him as rumours.What Germany Thinks|Thomas F. A. Smith
British Dictionary definitions for civilian
- a person whose primary occupation is civil or nonmilitary
- (as modifier)civilian life