Part of speech: noun

One occupied with civil life; one not a soldier.

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Usage examples "civilian":

  1. Here, too, we found the first instance of friction between the troops and the civilian populace, and the old lady made no bones about telling us how unwelcome we were. - "From the St. Lawrence to the Yser with the 1st Canadian brigade", Frederic C. Curry.
  2. They have a variety of uses, both military and civilian. - "The Dawn of Amateur Radio in the U.K. and Greece A Personal View", Norman F. Joly.
  3. 2. At retreat, sunset, civilian spectators should stand at attention and give the military salute. - "How Girls Can Help Their Country", Juliette Low Agnes Baden-Powell Robert Baden-Powell.