Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of the armed services who is reported killed during a combat mission.

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  • n. a person who is killed in action.
  • adj. killed in action.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

k(illed) i(n) a(ction).

Examples

  • KIA is the largest of the so-called cornerstone investors in the IPO.

    AIA IPO Seeks $17.1 Billion

  • SP5 Richard J. Hentz from Oshkosh, Wisconsin KIA/BNR

    Strawn, John T.

  • After a death & ndash; referred to as a KIA for Killed In Action, or often as an Angel & ndash; there is a marked silence among the crew, a sadness that hangs heavy.

    Afghanistan Medevac Team Saves Lives During Wartime

  • After a death – referred to as a KIA for Killed In Action, or often as an Angel – there is a marked silence among the crew, a sadness that hangs heavy.

    Afghanistan Medevac Team Saves Lives During Wartime

  • But under the legal system here, after a certain period of detention, a police jail, in a police cell, they will then be moved to the island ` s prison, the correctional institute of Aruba, it ` s called, the KIA, which is down on the east end of the island.

    CNN Transcript Jun 22, 2005

  • After a death - referred to as a KIA for Killed In Action, or often as an Angel - there is a marked silence among the crew, a sadness that hangs heavy.

    Kansas City Star: Front Page

  • Roughly half of the KIA are the result of IEDs or EFPs, which are not improvised, and yes,

    WordPress.com News

  • Among the KIA was the 3rd Battalion CO, Major Alvah Miller, and the 1st Battalion CO, Major John Dobson, was wounded.

    Army Rumour Service

  • Taken prisoner, Vietnamese soldiers placed his dogtags on a dead soldier, resulting in him being "KIA".

    Heroes or Villains?

  • Any published work that comes out was done last year (a comic book story in Marco Dimaano's "KIA", a short story in Sarge Lacuesta's "Latitudes", another bit of grafiction whenever the ill-starred "Siglo: Passion" gets published, and hopefully, most hopefully, a bit of speculative fiction in the next Ratbastards anthology).

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