Civilian vs Gownsman - What's the difference?

civilian | gownsman |


As nouns the difference between civilian and gownsman

is that civilian is a person following the pursuits of civil life, especially one who is not an active member of the armed forces while gownsman is one whose professional habit is a gown, such as a divine, a lawyer, or a member of certain english universities.

As an adjective civilian

is that which is not related to the military, police or other uniformed profession.

civilian

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • A person following the pursuits of civil life, especially one who is not an active member of the armed forces.
  • (label) A person who does not belong to a particular group or engage in a particular activity.
  • One skilled in civil law.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • A student of civil law at a university or college.
  • Adjective

    (-)
  • That which is not related to the military, police or other uniformed profession
  • gownsman

    English

    Alternative forms

    * gownman

    Noun

    (gownsmen)
  • One whose professional habit is a gown, such as a divine, a lawyer, or a member of certain English universities.
  • *
  • The two gownsmen lowered the rigid body. It lay straight as a board, supported by no more than its head on the chair-back, and its heels on the ground.
  • A civilian, in distinction from a soldier.
  • (Webster 1913)