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ci·vil·ian

civilian

 
 
pronunciation:
s vIl yn
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition: a person who is not serving in the armed forces or the police.
The soldiers were sent to rescue a group of civilians who were being held by the enemy.
similar words:
citizen
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: of civil life or civilians; not of the military or police.
Before leaving work, my father changes out of his policeman's uniform into his civilian clothes.
synonyms:
civil
antonyms:
military
similar words:
civic, public
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The word civilian contains the following parts:
civ Latin root that means citizen
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-an, -ian, -ean Latin adjective- and noun-forming suffix that means in adjectives: from (a place) or pertaining to or following (a figure or school of thought); in nouns: person or thing from (a place) or associated with (an activity or school of thought).
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The suffix group -an , -ian , -ean attaches to common nouns and proper nouns to form adjectives or nouns.