everyday or ordinary clothing, as distinguished from a military uniform.
Informal. ordinary clothing as distinguished from a uniform, clerical garb, or work clothes.
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How to use civilian clothes in a sentence
One of the dead was wearing combat fatigues and the other was in civilian clothes.Deadly Shootout in Ukraine Raises Fears of Russian Invasion | Jamie Dettmer | April 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She had a two-day pass, and was enjoying the feeling of wearing civilian clothes again.Spies, Lies, and Rape in the Air Force: An Undercover Agent's Story | Jacob Siegel | March 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Five men clad in civilian clothes stood facing an oil-storage depot.‘The Accidental Terrorist’: a California Accountant’s Coup | Adam Piore | May 2, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
A bus full of people, some in civilian clothes, wound its way to the village.
Gaddafi fighters entered Brega on Sunday driving private cars and wearing civilian clothes.
Half a dozen men in civilian clothes eyed her as she passed through the gates; Scotland Yard, but she did not know.The Amazing Interlude | Mary Roberts Rinehart
A group of men in civilian clothes, seated about a long table, looked her over carefully.The Amazing Interlude | Mary Roberts Rinehart
In the faded old uniform of a sailor, and with my civilian clothes wrapped in a newspaper, I attracted little attention.Eastern Nights - and Flights | Alan Bott
But all the diplomats and members of the parties who attended the ceremony of signing wore conventional civilian clothes.
Two men in civilian clothes sat down beside me and gave me "good day," evidently curious as to my nationality.