Meaning of “civil servant” in the English Dictionary

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"civil servant" in British English

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civil servantnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌsɪv.əl ˈsɜː.vənt/ us /ˌsɪv.əl ˈsɝː.vənt/

Examples from literature

  • As a civil servant and senior Treasury representative he served at the Versailles negotiations after the First World War. 
  • For instance, a civil servant or a solicitor or a tradesman finds himself bound for life to a locality and an occupation of intolerable monotony. 
  • The justices were career civil servants knowledgeable in the civil and canon law. 

(Definition of “civil servant” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"civil servant" in American English

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civil servantnoun [ C ]

/ˈsɪv·əl ˈsɜr·vənt/

a person who works for local, state, or esp. the federal government

(Definition of “civil servant” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"civil servant" in Business English

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civil servantnoun [ C ]

uk us GOVERNMENT

someone who works in a department of a country's government but who is not a part of its military:

a high-ranking/middle-ranking/senior civil servant He had been a senior civil servant in the pre-war government, specializing in financial matters.
He was the only career civil servant to become an under secretary of Treasury.

(Definition of “civil servant” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)