[non-kuh m-bat-nt, non-kom-buh-tnt]


a person connected with a military force in some capacity other than that of a fighter, as a surgeon or chaplain.
a person who is not directly involved in combat; a civilian in wartime.


not constituting, designed for, or engaged in combat.

Nearby words

  1. noncognitivism,
  2. noncollegiate,
  3. noncom,
  4. noncom.,
  5. noncombat,
  6. noncombustible,
  7. noncomedogenic,
  8. noncommercial,
  9. noncommissioned,
  10. noncommissioned officer

Origin of noncombatant

First recorded in 1805–15; non- + combatant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for non-combatant



a civilian in time of war
a member of the armed forces whose duties do not include fighting, such as a chaplain or surgeon
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Word Origin and History for non-combatant



also noncombatant, 1809, from non- + combatant. A word from the Napoleonic wars.

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