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English definition of “civilian”

civilian

noun [C]  /səˈvɪl·jən/ us  

civilian noun [C] (ORDINARY PERSON)

politics & government a person who is not a member of the police, the armed forces, or a fire department: The senator is not the only civilian who would like to ride in a space shuttle.

civilian

adjective [not gradable]  /səˈvɪl·jən/ us  

civilian adjective [not gradable] (ORDINARY)

of, relating to, or being a person who is not a member of the police, the armed forces, or a fire department: the civilian population civilian workers/employees
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