Origin of civilian
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
Word Origin for civilian
Word Origin and History for civilian
late 14c., "judge or authority on civil law," from Old French civilien "of the civil law," created from Latin civilis "relating to a citizen, relating to public life, befitting a citizen; popular, affable, courteous" (see civil). Sense of "non-military person" is attested by 1819 (earlier in this sense was civilian, attested from c.1600 as "non-soldier"). The adjective is from 1640s.