civilian etymology

English word civilian comes from Old French civilien

Detailed word origin of civilian

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
civilien Old French (fro)
civilian English (eng) Not related to the military, police or other professions. (informal) A person who does not belong to a particular group or engage in a particular activity.. A person following the pursuits of civil life, especially one who is not an active member of the armed forces.. A student of civil law at a university or college.. One skilled in civil law.