(noun, adjective)


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

- civilian clothing

- civilian life

Similar word(s): civil, noncombatant

Sentences with civilian as an adjective:

- The three detainees were actually army defectors wearing civilian clothing.

- He worked as a civilian journalist for ten years before being employed by the public broadcaster.


1. a nonmilitary citizen

Definition categories: person, citizen

Sentences with civilian as a noun:

- Three civilians were apprehended by the soldiers and taken away in a military vehicle.