civilian

civilian
civilian (n.) late 14c., "judge or authority on civil law," from O.Fr. civilien "of the civil law," created from L. civilis (see CIVIL (Cf. civil)). Sense of "non-military person" is first attested 1829. The adjective is from 1640s.

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