This is the full read-only archive of the "Ask the Wordwizard" section of the original Wordwizard site. The responses to the questions originate from Jonathon Green, the compiler of the Cassell Dictionary of Slang and numerous other dictionaries.
What is the origin of the word "Civil" as in Civil Engineering ? Is it related in any ways to Seville, Spain ?
Submitted by Aladdin Nassar (Mountain View - U.S.A.)
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No, no, no. It comes from Latin 'civis', a citizen.
Signature: Jonathon Green