[ si-vil-yuh n ]
/ sɪˈvɪl yən /
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.
of, pertaining to, formed by, or administered by civilians.
Words nearby civilian
Origin of civilian
OTHER WORDS FROM civilianan·ti·ci·vil·ian, adjectivenon·ci·vil·ian, nounpro·ci·vil·ian, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for non-civilian
/ (sɪˈvɪljən) /
- a person whose primary occupation is civil or nonmilitary
- (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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