What does civilian mean?

Definitions for civilian
sɪˈvɪl yəncivil·ian

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. civilianadjective

    a nonmilitary citizen

  2. civilianadjective

    associated with civil life or performed by persons who are not active members of the military

    "civilian clothing"; "civilian life"

Wiktionary

  1. civiliannoun

    A person following the pursuits of civil life, especially one who is not an active member of the military, the police, or a belligerent group.

    Three civilians were apprehended by the soldiers and taken away in a military vehicle.

    Etymology: From civilien.

  2. civiliannoun

    A person who does not belong to a particular group or engage in a particular activity.

    Etymology: From civilien.

  3. civilianadjective

    That which is not related to the military, police or other uniformed profession

    The three detainees were actually army defectors wearing civilian clothing.

    Etymology: From civilien.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Civiliannoun

    one skilled in the civil law

    Etymology: [From Civil]

  2. Civiliannoun

    a student of the civil law at a university or college

    Etymology: [From Civil]

  3. Civiliannoun

    one whose pursuits are those of civil life, not military or clerical

    Etymology: [From Civil]

Freebase

  1. Civilian

    A civilian under international humanitarian law is a person who is not a member of his or her country's armed forces or other militia. Civilians are distinct from combatants. They are afforded a degree of legal protection from the effects of war and military occupation. In US parlance, a civilian is also considered one not on active duty in the armed services or not on a police or firefighting force.

Editors Contribution

  1. Civilian

    " Self disciplined citizen, who is responsible and leads a civilized life."

    Submitted by Baloch on April 4, 2015  

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'civilian' in Adjectives Frequency: #924

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of civilian in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of civilian in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of civilian in a Sentence

  1. Rupert Colville:

    Whenever fighting intensifies between government and opposition forces, the civilian population bears the brunt.

  2. State John Kerry:

    John has always – intuitively, instinctively – gravitated toward diplomacy, and I know that he is looking forward to that focus as he retires from the Navy and moves into civilian life.

  3. President Francois Hollande:

    France wants a definitive agreement, but with a clear line: yes for Iran to have civilian nuclear power, but no to military nuclear power. We will be intransigent on this principle.

  4. Sue Gough:

    We are proud of our history of providing a safe operating area for events on the Pentagon Reservation, to include Rolling Thunder every year, the Pentagon civilian workforce, including PFPA, have a large veteran presence, and we especially appreciate the opportunity to support events that honor those who've served and sacrificed.

  5. Ian Storey:

    It does strengthen their legal position ... because it underscores effective administration, not just military, but civilian, that would be important if these disputes ever went to the International Court of Justice.

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