from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of the armed forces, such as a chaplain or surgeon, whose duties lie outside combat.
- n. A civilian in wartime, especially one in a war zone.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A non-fighting member of the armed forces
- n. A civilian in time of conflict
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any person connected with an army, or within the lines of an army, who does not make it his business to fight, as any one of the medical officers and their assistants, chaplains, and others; also, any of the citizens of a place occupied by an army; also, any one holding a similar position with respect to the navy.
- n. A person not attached to a military unit, or not participating in the military activities of a war; a civilian.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who is connected with a military or naval force in some other capacity than that of a fighter, as surgeons and their assistants, chaplains, members of the commissariat department, etc.
- n. A civilian in time of war.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. used of civilians in time of war
- adj. member of armed forces whose duties do not include fighting as e.g. a chaplain or surgeon
- n. a member of the armed forces who does not participate in combat (e.g. a chaplain or surgeon)
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