Civilian - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |səˈvɪliən|  American pronunciation of the word civilian
Brit.  |sɪˈvɪlj(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word civilian


- a nonmilitary citizen


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


The bomb injured 12 civilians.

All over the world military men view any civilian interference with dislike.

Many innocent civilians were killed during the war.

It was difficult to return to civilian life after ten years in the military.

The head of the military junta has appointed several civilians to the Cabinet.

He is being tried in a military court rather than in a civilian court.

The soldiers commandeered civilian vehicles to help transport the injured.

...planning in the event that the enemy resorted to biological warfare and released some fell virus on the civilian population...

Our plants are keyed to producing civilian aircraft.

No civilian buildings were targeted.

Government aircraft have been bombing civilian areas.

He denied that giving civilian tasks to the NATO forces was a case of mission creep.

The handover to civilian government has been delayed.

the interplay between military and civilian populations

Every effort is being made to minimize civilian casualties.

Word forms

singular: civilian
plural: civilians
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