Definition of civil service in US English:

civil service

noun

  • The permanent professional branches of a government's administration, excluding military and judicial branches and elected politicians.

    • ‘This is a central part of government policy, not just for the civil service, but for the public sector as a whole.’
    • ‘In the 1930s, my mother, a civil service typist, had to leave her job when she married.’
    • ‘This is the third in a series of strikes over pay in the civil service.’
    • ‘First, there are seconded national officials and experts, usually from civil services, who stay with the Commission for between two and three years.’
    • ‘They are about weakening the union and opening up the civil service for privatisation in the future.’
    • ‘There is no money for the civil service, so government officials too are forced into corruption.’
    • ‘The new list will be drawn from both the home civil service and non - government organisations.’
    • ‘If that were the case, it would be quite exceptional in the civil service or in the wider community.’
    • ‘Anyone who's got a family or a mortgage and is working in the civil service will have a lot of difficulty living on our wages.’
    • ‘In doing so, it is following moves by the health service, civil service and local government.’
    • ‘Neither civil service nor judiciary are trained to usurp a democratically elected prime minister.’
    • ‘But in its own special way, it shows that the civil service and politicians are listening.’
    • ‘There are also professional services linked to some ministries and government departments as well as state civil services.’
    • ‘They link smaller government with reinvented civil services.’
    • ‘The permanent bureaucracy of government, the civil service, took more and more control.’
    • ‘The very idea of a permanent civil service is a recipe for inertia and stagnation.’
    • ‘The strike was observed by a majority of workers in the civil service and private companies.’
    • ‘With the civil service administration, there were a number of difficulties from the outset.’
    • ‘These civil service jobs cannot be cut without hitting frontline services.’
    • ‘They were excluded from top jobs in politics, the civil service and the army.’
    administration, government, directorate, the establishment, the system, the powers that be, corridors of power
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Origin

Late 18th century: originally applied to the part of the work of the British East India Company performed by staff who did not belong to the army or navy.

Pronunciation

civil service

/ˈˌsivil ˈsərvəs//ˈˌsɪvɪl ˈsərvəs/