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civilian

[ si-vil-yuhn ]
/ sɪˈvɪl yən /
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noun

a person who is not on active duty with a military, naval, police, or fire fighting organization.
Informal. anyone regarded by members of a profession, interest group, society, etc., as not belonging; nonprofessional; outsider: We need a producer to run the movie studio, not some civilian from the business world.
a person versed in or studying Roman or civil law.

adjective

of, pertaining to, formed by, or administered by civilians.

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Origin of civilian

1350–1400; Middle English: student of civil law <Old French civilien (adj.); see civil, -ian

OTHER WORDS FROM civilian

an·ti·ci·vil·ian, adjectivenon·ci·vil·ian, nounpro·ci·vil·ian, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for civilian

civilian
/ (sɪˈvɪljən) /

noun

  1. a person whose primary occupation is civil or nonmilitary
  2. (as modifier)civilian life

Word Origin for civilian

C14 (originally: a practitioner of civil law): from civile (from the Latin phrase jūs cīvīle civil law) + -ian
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