a person who is not on active duty with a military, naval, police, or fire fighting organization.
Informal. anyone regarded by members of a profession, interest group, society, etc., as not belonging; nonprofessional; outsider:
We need a producer to run the movie studio, not some civilian from the business world.
a person versed in or studying Roman or civil law.
of, pertaining to, formed by, or administered by civilians.
Whether Zardari, or any civilian government, can navigate that dilemma is uncertain.
Obama Puts the Squeeze on Pakistan’s Zardari John Barry May 8, 2011
On later assignments we could return to our work among the civilian population in the country.
The Right and Left Are Wrong About My Movie Sebastian Junger July 20, 2010
Your contact with the civilian population is very limited.
Kabul’s Major Motion Picture: Cinema’s Rebirth in Afghanistan Justin Jones April 12, 2014
ISIS forces are operating in smaller groups and inside the civilian population to avoid being spotted from the sky.
Drone ‘Shortage’ Hampers ISIS War Dave Majumdar November 17, 2014
He had traded his convict uniform for civilian attire, though he still had on prison-issue footwear.
Why NYPD Couldn’t Cook The ‘Cannibal Cop’ Michael Daly July 1, 2014
I have always remained a civilian, and as such have retained my other banker.
Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, February 25th, 1920 Various
It saves him from shame if he wins, for it were little to his credit to kill a civilian.
The God of Love Justin Huntly McCarthy
“Our troubles are not over,” replied a civilian who had joined the party, with equal emphasis.
Invaders from the Infinite John Wood Campbell
The most important German civilian camp, of course, for us, is that of Ruhleben.
The Better Germany in War Time Harold Picton
With us was an officer in uniform and a civilian—an agent of the Okhrana.
The Minister of Evil William Le Queux
a person whose primary occupation is civil or nonmilitary
(as modifier): civilian life
late 14c., “judge or authority on civil law,” from Old French civilien “of the civil law,” created from Latin civilis “relating to a citizen, relating to public life, befitting a citizen; popular, affable, courteous” (see civil). Sense of “non-military person” is attested by 1819 (earlier in this sense was civilian, attested from c.1600 as “non-soldier”). The adjective is from 1640s.
the principles or styles characteristic of the literature and art of ancient Greece and Rome. adherence to such principles. the style in literature and art, or adherence to its principles (contrasted with ). Compare (def 7). a Greek or Latin idiom or form, especially one used in some other language. scholarship or learning. Historical Examples […]
an adherent of in literature or art (contrasted with ). an authority on the ; a classical scholar. a person who advocates study of the ancient Greek and Roman . Contemporary Examples classicist James Romm writes that we have replaced head-to-head competition with collaboration and self-expression. The Olympics Wimps Out on Wrestling and Competition James […]
of, relating to, or characteristic of Greek and Roman antiquity: classical literature; classical languages. conforming to ancient Greek and Roman models in literature or art, or to later systems modeled upon them. marked by classicism: classical simplicity. Music. of, relating to, or constituting the formally and artistically more sophisticated and enduring types of music, as […]
(of a surface) having principal curvatures of opposite sign at a given point. adjective (maths) (of a surface) having a curvature, at a given point and in a particular direction, that is of the opposite sign to the curvature at that point in a perpendicular direction Compare synclastic