Meaning of “civilian” in the English Dictionary

"civilian" in British English

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civiliannoun [ C ]

uk /sɪˈvɪl.jən/ us /səˈvɪl.jən/
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 armed forces, or a fire department:

The senator is not the only civilian who would like to ride in a space shuttle.

civilianadjective [ not gradable ]

us /səˈvɪl·jən/

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

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