[ non-kuh m-bat-nt, non-kom-buh-tnt ]
/ ˌnɒn kəmˈbæt nt, nɒnˈkɒm bə 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.

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 noncombatant


/ (ˌnɒnˈkɒmbətənt) /


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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