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civilian clothes

plural noun
everyday or ordinary clothing, as distinguished from a military uniform.
Informal. ordinary clothing as distinguished from a uniform, clerical garb, or work clothes.
Origin of civilian clothes
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for civilian clothes
  • Soldiers in civilian clothes walked toward the morgue in a column of two.
  • Then, from behind a line of military police, a sharpshooter in civilian clothes fired a rifle into a crowd of unarmed civilians.
  • Television footage showed teenage boys in civilian clothes emptying banana clips into the crowd.
  • He was dressed in civilian clothes, apparently realizing that he would not be asked to command the troops that might be used.
  • All the diplomats and members of their parties who attended the ceremony of treaty signing wore conventional civilian clothes.
  • Duty uniform as well as civilian clothes are acceptable.
  • So, he refused to put on the civilian clothes and gave the jailer notice he did not want to come to court.
  • Military visitors are welcome to wear civilian clothes when they visit.
  • Work is performed in uniform or civilian clothes and officers are typically armed.
  • They sometimes masqueraded as civilians and wore civilian clothes.

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