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civiliannoun [C]

uk   us   /sɪˈvɪl.i.ən/
C2 a ​person who is not a ​member of the ​police or the ​armedforces: The ​bombkilled four ​soldiers and three civilians.

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civilian
adjective uk   us  
The ​army has been ​criticized for ​attacking the ​unarmed civilian population.
(Definition of civilian from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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civiliannoun [C]

 us   /səˈvɪl·jən/
  • civilian noun [C] (ORDINARY PERSON)

politics & government a ​person who is not a ​member of the ​police, the ​armedforces, or a ​firedepartment: The ​senator is not the only civilian who would like to ​ride in a ​spaceshuttle.

civilianadjective [not gradable]

 us   /səˈvɪl·jən/
of, ​relating to, or being a ​person who is not a ​member of the ​police, the ​armedforces, or a ​firedepartment: the civilian ​population civilian ​workers/employees
(Definition of civilian from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “civilian”
in Arabic مَدَني…
in Korean 민간의…
in Portuguese civil…
in Catalan civil…
in Japanese 民間人…
in Chinese (Simplified) 平民, 老百姓…
in Turkish sivil, üniformasız kimse…
in Russian штатский, гражданское лицо…
in Chinese (Traditional) 平民, 老百姓…
in Italian civile…
in Polish cywil…
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